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Turkey to never allow 'terror nests' near its borders

By Kerem Kocalar

KAHRAMANMARAS, Turkey (AA) – Turkey will never allow “terror nests ” near its borders, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday.

“The security of our borders is our pride and we will never allow terror nests to exist there, ” Oktay said in the southern Kahramanmaras province.

Oktay added that the terrorists trying to pose a threat to Turkey's southern borders will not be able to escape the “tragic end ” waiting for them.

Turkey fights to eliminate terrorist organizations and those supporting them, he said..

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'Turkey determined to boost hybrid, electric car sales'

By Emre Ayvaz, Onur Orhan, Hanife Sevinc, Mucahit Turetken, and Omer Faruk Cebeci</p> <p>SAKARYA, Turkey (AA) – Turkey is determined to boost the sales of hybrid and electric automobiles in the country, Turkey’s vice president said on Monday. </p> <p>&quot;Developing and using low-consumption, environmentally friendly automobile technologies in our country is vital for us,&quot; Fuat Oktay said at the launch ceremony for a new hybrid car by Japanese carmaker Toyota at its plant in Turkey’s Sakarya province.</p> <p>Oktay said right now the country is at the ground level in terms of sales of hybrid and electric cars.</p> <p>&quot;Last year, nearly 4,000 hybrid cars and 155 electric cars were sold in Turkey. However, total automobile sales totaled nearly half a million,&quot; Oktay said.</p> <p>Over 486,000 automobiles were sold in Turkey in 2018, down 33 percent from a year earlier, according to the Automotive Distributors' Association (ODD). </p> <p>Oktay said the new hybrid car's production in Turkey is an important landmark in this field. </p> <p>He said the government provides considerable tax advantages such as up to 50 percent tax reduction to encourage hybrid car production.</p> <p>Johan van Zyl, the CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said the company has produced more than 2.4 million cars since it started production in Turkey.</p> <p>Zyl also said Toyota has invested over €1.8 billion (around $2.5 billion) in its production operations in Turkey. </p> <p>Telling how the company started producing its first Turkish-made seventh-generation Corollas in 1994, Zyl said they are proud of launching the 2019 Corolla Saloon Hybrid, the model's 12th generation.</p> <p>Toshihiko Kudo, the CEO of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey, said they are pleased to contribute to Turkey's successful economy via production, exports, investments, and employment. </p> <p>In October 2016 Toyota Turkey launched its first hybrid vehicle, the C-HR — a sport utility vehicle (SUV) — in Turkey. </p> <p>On Monday, before the ceremony, Oktay bid a group of researchers farewell for their five-week expedition to Antarctica.</p> <p>&quot;This year we will be establishing a temporary base in this expedition. Our next target is to establish a permanent base,&quot; Oktay said. </p> <p>Turkey aims to be a consultative party in the Antarctic Treaty, as it currently has observer status, he said. </p> <p>Turkey’s third national scientific expedition to Antarctica will begin on Tuesday to set up a national base for scientific research on the coldest continent on earth.</p> <p>The expedition will carry out total 13 national and international scientific projects in several fields during its 30-day mission.</p> <p>A total of 25 people, including 17 Turkish and eight foreign participants, will take part in the expedition. A team from Anadolu Agency will be with them to cover the scientific research on the ground.</p> <p> </p> <p>

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Bolivia set to open embassy in Turkey amid growing ties

By Mumin Altas</p> <p>CARACAS (AA) – Bolivia plans to open an embassy in Turkey to cement bilateral relations, Turkish presidential sources said late Wednesday.</p> <p>The agreement on opening the embassy was reached at a meeting between Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.</p> <p>During the meeting, they acknowledged that significant progress had been made in their countries’ relations after Turkey opened an embassy in Bolivia last year.</p> <p>The two countries agreed that the Bolivian embassy should be opened in the first half of this year.</p> <p>Both Oktay and Morales emphasized that cooperation between Turkey and Bolivia should be increased, especially in the area of defense.</p> <p>Separately, Morales said Bolivia fully supports Turkey in its fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terror group behind the July 2016 defeated coup.</p> <p>FETO and Fetullah Gulen, the U.S.-based leader of the terror group, orchestrated the defeated coup in Turkey of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.</p> <p>Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.</p> <p>In addition, Oktay presented Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's invitation message to Morales to visit Turkey.</p> <p>Oktay arrived in Venezuela’s capital late Wednesday to attend President Nicolas Maduro’s inauguration ceremony.

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Fighting FETO is Turkey's sine qua non: Turkish VP

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's fight against terrorism will continue until the last terrorist is destroyed, the country’s vice president said early Saturday.</p> <p>&quot;Our fight notably against FETO, the PKK and Daesh is our sine qua non and is continuing,&quot; said Fuat Oktay during his closing speech on the final day of debate over Turkey’s 2019 budget.</p> <p>Oktay noted that Turkey had &quot;seriously&quot; changed its strategy on fighting terrorism.</p> <p>&quot;We are no longer confronting the threats and dangers in our region, but wherever they exist,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;We intend to continue our fight [against terrorism] until the last terrorist that poses a threat to our country is destroyed.&quot;</p> <p>The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.</p> <p>Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.</p> <p>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 deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.</p> <p>

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Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath

By Davit Kachkachishvili, Mumin Altas, Sefa Sahin</p> <p>TELAVI, Georgia (AA) – Georgia's first female president has been sworn in on Sunday after being elected with over 59 percent of the votes in late November.</p> <p>The oath-taking ceremony of the country’s first woman president Salome Zurabishvili was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay.</p> <p>Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Azerbaijan's Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov were also among the participants.</p> <p>Zurabishvili, the fifth president of Georgia, said: &quot;Georgia is facing big problems. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are under Russia's occupation.&quot;</p> <p>She called on Russia to recognize all international legal rights of Georgia and said it was a must for normal neighboring relations.</p> <p> </p> <p>- Turkish VP's meetings</p> <p>After attending the ceremony, the Turkish vice president met Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the King Erekle II Palace and invited him to a High-Level Cooperation Council meeting in Turkey that will be held in first quarter of 2019.</p> <p>During the closed-door meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.</p> <p>They agreed that recent energy and transportation lines have improved cooperation between Turkey and Georgia.</p> <p>Oktay and Bakhtadze also agreed to increase continuation of economic cooperation and joint projects.</p> <p>Later in day, Oktay also met Azerbaijan’s parliament speaker.</p> <p>They said the close relation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev boosted bilateral ties.

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Turkey, Sudan sign range of bilateral agreements

By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM (AA) – Turkey and Sudan on Tuesday agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, agriculture, electricity, livestock, transport, aviation, health and education.

The agreements were unveiled at a joint press conference held in Khartoum by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Sudanese Prime Minister Mutaz Musa.

Musa said the two sides had discussed means of implementing the agreements, adding that they had also agreed to establish a joint committee — co-headed by both countries’ agriculture ministers — to follow up on the implementation process.

“We look forward to fully carrying out these agreements with a view to boosting cooperation — and bilateral trade — between our two countries,” Musa said.

Oktay, for his part, said they had also discussed military and defense cooperation, adding that the two countries also hope to boost the bilateral trade from a current $500 million to $10 billion within the next five years.

“Turkey will open a bank to supervise bilateral trade… and increase Turkish Airlines flights between Istanbul, Khartoum and Port Sudan in hopes of enhancing tourism,” the Turkish vice president said.

He went on to note that the leaders of both countries planned to meet in Istanbul sometime in December.

Oktay was accompanied on his visit by the Turkish ministers of trade and agriculture, along with other senior officials.

Turkish-Sudanese ties have warmed considerably since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Sudan in December of last year.

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Turkish vice president Oktay to visit Sudan

By Enes Kaplan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay will pay a three-day official visit to Sudan on Monday at the invitation of his counterpart, Oktay's office said on Sunday.

Oktay will meet Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih during his stay in the Horn of African country, which begins on Monday.

During his visit, Oktay will discuss with his counterpart and other officials regional and international developments, as well as bilateral relations and cooperation.

Deals and agreements made between the two countries during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Sudan visit last December will also be discussed.

Oktay also will attend 15th Turkey-Sudan Joint Economic Commission meeting in the capital Khartoum.

Following last year’s historic visit by Erdogan, the two countries have worked to increase their overall trade volume from $500 million to $10 billion.

They have also signed 12 separate cooperation agreements in the fields of security, tourism and military cooperation, while Turkey was contracted to rebuild a dilapidated Ottoman-era seaport on Sudan’s Suakin Island and a dock for civilian and military use.

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Italian PM regrets Turkey’s withdrawal from conference

By Yusuf Hatip

PALERMO, Italy (AA) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he regretted Turkey's withdrawal from the Libya conference on Tuesday.

“I feel sorry that Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay left the conference. I read his remarks and I didn’t see anything negative about Italy. We must admit that there may be special sensitivities in such decisions,” Conte told reporters after the event in a news conference.

Oktay left the conference half-way saying some parties had a “misleading and detrimental approach ” to the issue.

The Turkish vice president met Conte on Monday and discussed bilateral ties, according to a Turkish presidential source.

They also spoke about finding a lasting solution in Libya, stressing on its territorial integrity, sovereignty, and political unity.

They discussed the rapid completion of joint projects and launching of new projects between Ankara and Rome.

Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Currently, two rival seats of power are vying for supremacy in Libya: an internationally recognized national unity government based in Tripoli, and a government supported by a legislative assembly based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

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UPDATE – Turkish vice president visits Equatorial Guinea

ADDS MEETING WITH S. AFRICAN DEPUTY PRESIDENT, NIGER PRESIDENT

By Mumin Altas

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AA) – Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay on Friday attended the 50th Independence Day celebration of Equatorial Guinea.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago presided the ceremony at Paseo Maritimo Street which ended with a military parade.

Oktay had lunch at the presidential palace.

Separately, the Turkish vice president met his South African counterpart David Mabuza, agreeing to increase trade between the two countries and expand the activities of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) in Pretoria.

They also discussed the transfer of schools affiliated with the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) to a Turkish educational foundation, the Maarif Foundation.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt in Turkey on July 25, 2016 which 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Later, Oktay was received by Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou to discuss increasing political and economic relations between the two countries.

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Turkish vice president visits Equatorial Guinea

By Mumin Altas

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AA) – Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay on Friday attended the 50th Independence Day celebration of Equatorial Guinea.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasago presided the ceremony at Paseo Maritimo Street which ended with a military parade.

Oktay had lunch at the presidential palace.