Diary

ANKARA (AA) – Here are the main topics Anadolu Agency’s English Desk plans to cover on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 (coverage may change depending on developing/breaking stories):

TURKEY

ANKARA – Turkish President and the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet his party's provincial heads in Ankara.

ANKARA – Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), to preside his party's group meeting.

ANKARA – Statistical authority TurkStat to announce animal production statistics for June and producer price index of agricultural products for August.

US

WASHINGTON – House Committee on Foreign Affairs to hold hearing on Syria policy; top State Department officials to testify.​

GERMANY

BERLIN – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to meet Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks on bilateral relations, Syria and other international issues.

PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Islamabad to meet Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.

SYRIA

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin to hold a preparatory meeting for a quadripartite summit on Syria as French, German and Russian representatives to attend the meeting in Istanbul.

GENEVA, Switzerland – UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to meet representatives of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and the U.S. to discuss constitutional committee for Syria.

ALEPPO/IDLIB/HOMS – Desk to monitor Syrian civil war.

YEMEN

SANAA – Following developments in Yemen's civil war.

SPORTS

ANKARA – Turkey's national basketball team to play against Montenegro in their first match of the second round of the 2019 FIBA European Qualifiers.

MARMARIS – The 10th round of the World Rally Championship (WRC) will continue in Marmaris, southwestern Turkey.

SPECIAL REPORTS:

Is Russia preparing for the next great war?

By Elena Teslova and Fatih Hafız Mehmet

MOSCOW/ANKARA – With 300,000 military men, more than 1,000 planes, helicopters and UAVs, 36,000 tanks, and 80 naval ships Russia is showing off its military might in the largest-ever war games in the country's history.

Pakistan air chief praises Pak-Turk defense partnership

By Ahmet Salih Alacaci

ANKARA – Islamabad wants to "enhance and augment" its relations with Turkey, the Pakistan Air Force chief said on Thursday.

US acting solo on Taliban peace talks: Russian envoy

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW – The U.S. prefers acting solo in the Taliban reconciliation process and does not take into account interests of Afghanistan's regional partners and neighbors, the Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan said.

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