The “Love Army,” led by Jerome Jarre, made a call to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Muslims in Rohingya …
Hariri said he was ready to stay on as prime minister but would resign again if Iran and Hezbollah did not accept the new political balance and the state policy of staying out of regional conflicts he was proposing.
Turkish officials must have it tough to determine whether to call it “better late than never” or “too little too late.” European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Monday hailed Turkey for its hospitality towards the millions of refugees that the country has been hosting for half a decade now.
While speaking at an award ceremony at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce, President Erdogan said, “It won’t be a surprise if the Turkish economy grows by more than 6 percent. Probably around 7 percent in 2017.”
President Erdogan warned that Turkey cannot share a platform with any terrorist organization which poses a threat to its national security, referring especially to YPG, which is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist organization.
Turkey is yet to come out of its decades-old fight against the PKK, and thus the creation and support for the PYD is supposed to be a great security threat for the country.
The Islamophobia Awards is hosted annually by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a non-profit organization established in 1997. It hosted representatives of many NGOs and members of the Muslim community.
Hariri’s resignation announcement put Lebanon into a state of uncertainty and had the potential to submerge the country in Middle Eastern chaos. Later he overturned his decision to resign after the officials in Lebanon said they would only accept Hariri’s resignation if he delivered it on Lebanese soil.
Mourning the victims of the Bir al-Abed attack, Turkish authorities announced that flags will fly at half-mast at representations in the country and abroad.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hailed Turkey as an important ally for NATO: “Turkey is contributing to the alliance in many different ways, in the fight against terrorism bordering Iraq and Syria.”