Turkey’s Erdogan Welcomes Gaza Pause as Temporary ‘Stop of Bloodshed’

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday welcomed a pause in the Gaza war and the exchange of hostages and prisoners between Israel and militant group Hamas as a temporary “stop of bloodshed” in the enclave. Turkey, which supports a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, has strongly criticised Israel for its … Read more

Explainer-What Turkey Gained in Delaying Sweden’s NATO Bid

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has told Sweden it expects to ratify its accession to the NATO military alliance within weeks, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, offering a potential timeframe for expanding the Western bloc after 18 months of delays. The delays, including a Turkish parliament commission putting off a vote on the issue … Read more

Turkey Expects to Ratify Sweden Accession to NATO ‘Within Weeks’, Swedish Minister Says

[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey has said it expects to ratify Sweden’s long-delayed accession to NATO within weeks, Sweden’s foreign minister told journalists on Wednesday. Both Sweden and Finland asked to join NATO last year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But Tayyip Erdogan, president of NATO member Turkey, raised objections over what he said was … Read more

Turkey Freezes Assets of 82 Organisations, People for Alleged Ties to Kurdish Militants

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey froze the local assets of 20 organisations and 62 individuals based in various European countries, Australia and Japan, citing alleged ties with Kurdish militant group PKK, a decision published in the Official Gazette showed on Wednesday. Turkey’s Ministry of Treasury and Finance said the decision was “based on the existence … Read more

Hundreds Gather in Istanbul to Mourn Two Turks Killed in Lebanon

[ad_1] ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Several hundred mourners gathered outside a mosque in Istanbul on Friday to lament the death of two Turkish men who militant Islamist group Hamas said were killed earlier this week in Israeli strikes on south Lebanon. A total of nine people were killed in the strikes on Tuesday, including two journalists, … Read more

Turkey Says It Plans Evacuation of Some Wounded, Sick Gazan Children on Friday

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey plans to evacuate some wounded or sick Gazan children and young people on Friday as part of its third round of evacuation, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday. Turkey has so far brought 150 people, mostly cancer patients and their companions, from Gaza to continue their treatment. It has … Read more

Turkey Sought Eurofighters After Uncertainty Over U.S. F-16 Buy -Source

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey began discussing buying 40 Eurofighter Typhoon jets with European states after it saw that its request for F-16 jets from the United States may not work out, a Turkish defence ministry source said on Thursday. Defence Minister Yasar Guler said last week that Turkey was in talks with Britain and … Read more

Arab Nations Say Israel-Hamas Truce Should Be Extended, Aid Ramped Up

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Arab foreign ministers welcomed an agreement for a temporary truce between Israel and Gaza militant group Hamas on Wednesday but said it should be extended and become a first step toward a full cessation of hostilities. The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan told a media briefing in London … Read more

Putin Says BRICS Could Help Reach Political Settlement in Gaza Conflict

[ad_1] MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Tuesday for a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said regional states and members of the BRICS group of countries could be involved in efforts to reach such a settlement. In televised comments to a virtual BRICS summit, Putin once again blamed the Middle … Read more

Group of Muslim Countries to Push for Gaza Ceasefire -Turkish Source

[ad_1] ANKARA (Reuters) – A newly formed group made up of senior officials from several Muslim countries will visit the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members and others to urge an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, a Turkish foreign ministry source said on Tuesday. The group was formed earlier this month at a summit of … Read more