Trudeau: Turkey shared Khashoggi recordings with Canada

By Omer Aydin

PARIS (AA) – Canada is among the countries Turkey has shared recordings with about last month’s killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Canadian premier said Monday.

“Canada’s intelligence agencies have been working very closely on this issue with Turkish intelligence and Canada has been fully briefed on what Turkey had to share,” Justin Trudeau told reporters at Canada’s Embassy in Paris, where Trudeau attended weekend Armistice Day ceremonies.

Trudeau said he had not personally listened to the recordings but Canada’s intelligence services had.

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara had shared recordings about the Oct. 2 Khashoggi killing at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul with Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Germany, France, and the U.K.

Trudeau added that he had discussed the slain journalist's case with Erdogan in a recent phone call, as well as in a ceremony on Sunday marking the centenary of the end of World War I.

In that Oct. 26 phone call, both leaders agreed “all aspects of the murder” must be made public so that the killers can be held accountable, according to Turkish presidential sources.

Trudeau also told reporters that he had thanked Erdogan for his “strength in responding” to the case.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Once inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office.

After weeks of denying any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts, Saudi Arabian officials admitted that he was killed there.

* Jeyhun Aliyev contributed to this story from Ankara

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Turkish President meets world leaders in Paris

By Ilkay Guder

PARIS (AA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday attended a dinner hosted by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at Paris' Orsay Museum.

Macron's dinner was attended by heads of states, governments and international institutions and their spouses who came to the French capital to join in events marking the centenary of the end of World War I.

During the dinner, Erdogan met Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Erdogan talked with Macron and his wife Brigitte as well as Merkel.

He also talked with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Bosniak member of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izzetbegovic, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The Armistice of 11 November 1918, signed between the Allies and Germany, put an official end to World War I. Therefore, Sunday corresponds to the 100th anniversary. There will be a commemorative ceremony near the Arc de Triomphe monument located in Champs-Elysees.

Erdogan, Trump meet over dinner in French capital

By Ilkay Guder

PARIS (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump chatted for a while on Saturday during a dinner hosted by the French leader.

Erdogan arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the Armistice Day commemorations.

The dinner was given by Macron in the honor of world leaders and their spouses who came to Paris to attend the event.

Sitting next to each other, Turkish and the U.S. presidents had some talks.

Following his arrival in Paris, Erdogan also received UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The closed-door meeting lasted 45 minutes.

During his two-day visit, Erdogan is expected to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders, particularly with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Nov. 11 Armistice Day marks the 1918 end of World War between the Allies and their opponent, Germany, on land, sea, and air.

This year’s ceremonies — to be hosted by Macron in Paris — will also see the attendance of nearly 100 world leaders, including U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turks welcome Erdogan in French capital

By Ilkay Guder

PARIS (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a warm welcome by a group of Turks in French capital on Saturday.

Erdogan arrived in Paris at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the Armistice Day commemorations.

Turkish leader chatted with the Turkish expats in front of the hotel where he is going to stay during the official visit on Nov. 10-11.

They carried French and Turkish flags and placards welcoming the Turkish president.

“We have come to show entire Europe how much we love him [Erdogan],” said one of the citizens in the crowd.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin along with other government officials also accompanied Erdogan.

During his visit, Erdogan is expected to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders, particularly with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Nov. 11 Armistice Day marks the 1918 end of World War between the Allies and their opponent, Germany, on land, sea, and air.

This year’s ceremonies — to be hosted by Macron in Paris — will also see the attendance of nearly 100 world leaders, including U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

UPDATE – Erdogan marks 80th anniversary of Ataturk's demise

UPDATE WITH MESSAGE OF PARLIAMENT SPEAKER

By Kemal Karadag and Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – The Turkish president on Friday commemorated the 80th death anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, "the founder of our republic".

In a commemorative message marking the day, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Gazi [Veteran] Mustafa Kemal, who managed to unite our nation around a common ideal in the difficult path he took with endless confidence and belief in the nation, has crowned our war of independence with the foundation of our republic."

According to the president’s office, Erdogan said in his message: "While Turkey keeps on strengthening and growing in stability as we celebrate the 95th anniversary of our republic, we should never forget that our ancestors always overcame all obstacles for unity and solidarity, that they sustained the national and spiritual values under all circumstances, never gave up what they believed in and always protected their independence and future at the cost of their lives."

Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim said in a message: "Turkish nation and republic is determined to walk on the path set by him and targets pinpointed by him, with a new government structure and thought."

He said that Ataturk was not only the leader of Turkey but all nations "that suffered exploitation by imperialism."

Ataturk was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki, in what was then the Ottoman Empire. He made his mark in the military in 1915 when he led forces to repel the allied invasion in Canakkale, known in the West as the Dardanelles.

Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the World War I, Ataturk led the Turkish War of Independence, which defeated European powers. When he became president, Ataturk transformed the former empire into a modern and secular country.

Ataturk passed away in Istanbul on Nov. 10, 1938, at the age of 57.

Turkey appoints new ambassadors, chief advisers

By Jeyhun Aliyev

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed new ambassadors and chief advisers to the president, under a decree published in the Official Gazette on early Friday.

According to the decree, Burak Ozugergin replaced Yasar Halit Cevik as Turkey’s Ambassador to Greece.

Mehmet Yilmaz was appointed as Turkish Ambassador to Somalia, taking the post from Olgan Bekar.

Ahmet Aydin Dogan was named to the post of Turkish Ambassador to Morocco, replacing Ethem Barkan Oz.

Armagan Inci Ersoy was appointed as Turkey’s Ambassador to Paraguay.

Ankara appointed Murat Mustafa Onart as Turkish Ambassador to Mali.

Kemal Onur Ozceri was appointed as Turkey’s Ambassador to Benin.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Kalin was appointed as a chief adviser to the president. Kalin was given ambassador title, as well.

Israfil Kisla was also appointed as a chief adviser to the president.

Erdogan: Turkey to produce local healthcare equipments

By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday domestic production in the health sector is as important as in the defense sector.

"Turkey needs a rapid nationalization, localization in the health sector," said Erdogan, speaking at the academic year opening ceremony of the University of Health Sciences in Ankara.

Erdogan said Turkey should produce its own tomography, ultrasonography and MRI machines, adding that the country has the human capital for this.

"Now we invite [leading] companies from the international community for joint production in our country and there are positive approaches," Erdogan said.

He said localization of the health sector was as "important and critical" as that of the defense sector.

Erdogan also said that Turkey's City Hospitals will help the nation leap forward in health tourism.

'Turkey gains historical result against terrorism'

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey has made historic success against terror groups under our rule, the Turkish president said Tuesday.

"Turkey has gained historic results against terror groups, gangs and drug dealers, and any other action targeting peace in our term [since 2002]," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, in an address to his Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group.

The AK Party won the November 2002 election with two-thirds of the seats in parliament. It became the first party to win an outright majority in over a decade.

To date 2,000 people have been arrested, 7,000 others deported and around 70,000 people denied entry to Turkey over their links to the Daesh terror group, Erdogan said.

"[They include] 761 terrorists in the country, 1,092 in northern Iraq, 3,000 in Operation Euphrates Shield, and over 4,500 in Operation Olive Branch were neutralized in the operations since July 2016," he said.

Launched in 2016, Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield saw Turkish troops — backed by the Free Syrian Army — liberate large swathes of northwestern Syria from terrorist groups.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to free northwestern Syrian city of Afrin of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists. On March 18, Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army liberated the Afrin city center.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including those of women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.

Turkey to produce its own long-range air defense system

By Enes Kaplan and Ayse Sensoy Boztepe

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey has launched a project to manufacture an indigenous long-range air missile defense system, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Turkey has taken the first step by launching the project — named Siper meaning Shield in English — to take the country to a “higher league,” Erdogan said at the inauguration ceremony of “National Technology Development Infrastructure” in the capital Ankara.

"The first delivery is planned to be done by the end of 2021," said Erdogan.

He noted the country’s current national input ratio in defense industry is 65 percent and said his government aims to raise this ratio.

Erdogan said Turkey is improving to have a voice in every field of defense, aviation and aerospace technologies.

Malaysia congratulates Turkey's 95th Republic Day

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Malaysia congratulated on Tuesday Turkey for its 95th Republic Day.

"Congratulations to our Turkish friends on the Day of the proclamation of the Turkish Republic!" Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said on Twitter.

"May Allah keep your country safe and peaceful @RT_Erdogan," Wan Azizah tweeted to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The official proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the republic's founder, took place Oct. 29, 1923, when the name of the nation and its status as a republic were declared.

In a vote at the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Ataturk, a revolutionary statesman, was elected first president of the Republic of Turkey by a unanimous vote.

Since then, Turkey has celebrated Republic Day every Oct. 29.