Archive for October, 2013
Four French hostages kidnapped by al Qaeda’s north African arm three years ago in Niger have been released, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Feret were kidnapped by AQIM in September 2010 while working for French nuclear group Areva and a subsidiary of construction group Vinci in […]
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said on Tuesday that his country has not decided whether to participate in the Geneva II conference on Syria, though it endorses the conference. In a joint news conference with visiting Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Hoghann, Lamamra said “when the date, the agenda and the list of participants (of […]
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan received Philippe Lefort, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia.
The Greek negotiator in the decades-long dispute over the name of Macedonia has put forward a proposal to call the country “the Slavic-Albanian Macedonia.” The former Yugoslav republic’s constitutional name is “the Republic of Macedonia,” but
President Tomislav Nikolić has arrived in Moscow, where he will attend a Serbian-Russian investment forum and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nikolić will attend a business conference entitled
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, by invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to pay an official visit to Washington on Nov. 18 for talks on bilateral relations and regional developments. Turkey announced on Sept. 26 that it had chosen the FD-2000 missile-defense system from
Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is coming to Turkey on Thursday, a visit that follows a recent high-level visit from the central administration of Iraq to Turkey, which signaled a thaw in strained relations with Baghdad.
Georgia’s new president said Monday that he would press ahead with efforts to deepen the former Soviet republic’s ties with the West despite Russian concerns. European leaders and observers hailed Sunday’s “clean” election won by Georgy Margvelashvili, an ally of billionaire
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad fired Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil for reportedly meeting with U.S. official in Switzerland.
Bulgaria and Turkey have agreed to create a joint border committee to manage the flux of refugees from war torn Syria, said Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kristian Vigenin Tuesday.
Romania Oct. 28 started building a military base, which will host a U.S. ballistic missile defense system as part of the NATO system. The plan is to have the Deveselu base in southern Romania
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić will be in Russia on Tuesday and Wednesday, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nikolić is also scheduled to take part in a Russian-Serbian investment conference in Moscow.
The presidential elections held on Sunday in Georgia, a neighboring country to the northeast of Turkey, will make barely any change to the country’s relations with Turkey, as the two already enjoy positive relations that are unlikely to be affected by such political changes, experts say.
US Vice President Joe Biden discussed with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani the challenges facing Iraq, it was announced here Monday evening.
Arab foreign ministers will meet in Cairo on November 3 to discuss backing the Syrian opposition at a proposed Geneva peace conference, a top Arab diplomat said Monday. Asked whether the ministers would discuss providing backing for the opposition groups, Arab League deputy chief Ahmed Ben Hilli told reporters “the meeting on Sunday will look into this matter.”
UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Syria Tuesday on the most sensitive leg of a regional push for peace talks, has warned of the ‘Somalisation’ of the war-ravaged country. His grim warning came as fighting prevented chemical weapons inspectors from visiting two sites, although UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the mission to destroy Syria’s arsenal by mid-2014 was still on […]
Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) met today to discuss the Syrian crisis, increasing violence in Iraq and the latest developments in the Middle East.
The celebrations of the Turkish Republic’s 90th Anniversary were kicked off today with a ceremony at the Anıtkabir mausoleum of the nation’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in the capital Ankara.
The European Union has launched negotiations for a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo. The SAA is seen as a crucial treaty, preceding a country’s accession into the EU.
A high-ranking French military official says a major military offensive against local fighters in the north of Mali continues. French, Malian, and UN troops are involved in the operation, named Hydra, which is expected to last at least 10 days, according to French military spokesman Colonel Gilles Jaron.
Leaders of the 15-nation west African bloc Ecowas met on Friday in Senegal to call for “urgent steps” from the international community to secure peace in Mali and discuss the creation of a single currency. While the economy was expected to top the agenda, the Economic Community of West African States
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday left for Istanbul to enhance his country’s economic relations Turkey. During his three-day visit, Abe will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two
Syria has filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and an initial plan to destroy it to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the organization said yesterday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement that Syria completed its declaration as part of a strict and ambitious timeline that […]
Giorgi Margvelashvili, an ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, won a landslide victory in a presidential election in Georgia yesterday, exit polls showed. The little-known former deputy premier’s triumph cements the Georgian Dream coalition’s grip on power following Mikheil Saakashvili’s 10-year rule, although
Serbia’s president says he won’t take part in a Balkan initiative with Turkey in protest over reported remarks by Turkey’s prime minister in Kosovo. Serbian media have quoted Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying in Kosovo on Wednesday that “Turkey is Kosovo
The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria is to arrive in Damascus on Monday as part of a tour aimed at garnering support for proposed peace talks, a government source said.
A series of attacks including car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 66 people Sunday across Iraq, officials said, the latest in a wave of violence washing over the country. The attacks come as Iraq’s prime minister prepares to travel to Washington […]
A mortar bomb exploded today in the Ceylanpınar district of the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, killing at least one person, according to initial reports. The bomb was fired during clashes on the Syrian side of the
Bulgaria stands behind Turkey’s bid to become a full member of the European Union, stated Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin. Sunday Vigenin is on an official trip to Turkey, where he met Turkish
Bulgaria and Turkey have vowed to deepen bilateral cooperation regarding the influx of refugees from Syria, vowed the foreign ministers of the two neighbors.
The European Union Electoral Observer Mission for Mali (MOE EU Mali-2013) will on Oct. 28 deploy 20 long-term observers for the legislative polls to be held in the West African country. MOE EU Mali-2013 observers arrived in the Malian capital Bamako on Oct. 24 in preparation for the most
Fierce fighting is raging between Syrian regime troops and oppositions forces on southern outskirts of the town of Al-Qunaitrah in the Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Iraq next month. According to the TV channel, the Foreign Minister himself said this during a meeting with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.
The imprisoned leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has said he could convince the PKK militants who are currently taking shelter in mountain bases in northern Iraq to return home as part of the settlement process aimed at ending the three-decades-old Kurdish question and terrorism problem.
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam on Friday called on relevant authorities to take all necessary measures to halt the ongoing violence and fighting in the northern city of Tripoli. Salam, in a press release, urged for firm action to put an end “to the drastic deterioration