Roma Basin Musavirligi 18 Novembre 2013
of the Republic of Turkey e-mail: email@example.com homepage: www.ambasciataditurchia.it 18 novembre 2013 DAVUTOGLU: US AND TURKEY DO NOT HAVE LUXURY OF REMAINING ALOOF FROM EACH OTHER
SABAH/STAR/VATAN - 18/11/2013
On the occasion of his trip the United States, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has written an article for the Foreign Policy magazine, in which he underlined the essential nature of the relationship between the two countries by saying, “United States and Turkey do not have the luxury of remaining aloof or apart from each other; our joint work has proven indispensable to regional security and stability.” Underlining his disagreement with the perception that the US and its Middle Eastern allies were growing apart, Davutoglu pointed out in his article: “The truth is, in Turkey's case, our two countries have long been close allies and will remain partners going forward. In today's ever more complex and fluid international environment -- with Syria in crisis and much of the Middle East in flux -- the U.S.-Turkish relationship remains vital for a sustainable regional and global order.” Also commenting on Syria, Davutoglu described the progress towards the elimination of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons as a step in the right direction, but added that there was still more to be done.
DAVUTOGLU IN WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS SYRIA, CHINESE MISSILE DEAL
TODAY’S ZAMAN - 18/11/2013
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu left for Washington on Sunday to start a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments with top American officials. Davutoglu is visiting the US on the invitation of his American counterpart, John Kerry. The foreign minister is also expected to meet with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Davutoglu last visited Washington in May, when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had talks with US President Barack Obama. One of the hot topics on the table is the Syrian civil war, which has raged on Turkey's doorstep for more than two-and-a-half years. Davutoglu is also going to bring up the Geneva II conference and the future of Syria in an effort to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition in the war-torn country, according to media reports. “During the visit, there will be meetings with officials from the White House, the State Department and the US Senate. Bilateral ties and regional developments, including Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the main agenda for Davutoglu and Kerry,” a Turkish official who wished to remain anonymous told Today's Zaman. Davutoglu will also bring up the issue of Syrian refugees living in Turkey and neighboring countries. Turkey's much-debated choice to acquire a Chinese long-range missile-defense system is also expected to be discussed. Davutoglu will tell Kerry that Turkey will consider a new bid from the competing American firm and evaluate how well it meets Turkey's needs, which are technology transfer, co-production, quick delivery and a reasonable price, according to some media reports. “The issue of the Chinese missile [deal] might be discussed in these bilateral meetings, but it is certain that it won't be the most important topic. This is an issue that should be discussed between defense ministers. Davutoglu isn't even part of the commission that is responsible for the missile deal,” the Turkish official explained.
TURKEY PROPOSES MONITORING IRAQI OIL
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS - 18/11/2013
Ankara proposed a formula to both the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and central government to build multi-billion dollar oil and gas pipelines to ship the autonomous region’s rich hydrocarbon reserves to world markets. The proposal aims to tie oil and gas money to a Turkish state bank in accordance with the agreed share of %83 to the Iraqi central government and 17% to the KRG after measuring the amount of oil along with monitoring a commission, said the minister of energy, adding the parties in Iraq would then decide how to share the money. Meeting with the Diplomatic Correspondent Associating yesterday, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced a proposal to purchase and transfer the KRG’s, with which Ankara maintains open dialogue, natural resources. “We have to monitor the money. The rest is not our issue,” he said. When asked if Ankara had the sides’ consent for the proposal, Yildiz said, “We know the Iraqi government’s concerns and we are building a structure to respond those concerns.” The minister said he discussed the formula with the Iraqi Minister of Oil, Hussain al-Shahristani, who expressed Baghdad’s concern about the deal, and that Turkey will continue to discuss the proposal with Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. During a visit by the KRG’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani last week, both sides agreed on the fundamentals of the deals for a second oil pipeline and a gas route from the north of Iraq to Turkey. Yildiz said he conveyed Turkey’s proposal to al-Shahristani before meeting with the Iraqi Kurdish official. Yildiz also noted the energy issue would not be on the agenda of the visit by Massoud Barzani, president of the KRG, because Turkey does not want the energy issue to “cast a shadow over the social feature” of the visit. Turkey will measure the oil flow, the minister said, stressing the need for commission made up of representatives from the central government and/or the KRG, Turkish officials or international observers, which will give consent to the amount of flow. Turkey will conduct energy deals with the KRG in 13 areas, the minister said. Some of these contacts will be carried by the Turkish Energy Company (TEC), which was set up by Ankara to be Turkey’s counterpart in dealings with the KRG or with partnerships of private companies, he added. Yildiz said Turkey rejects further reducing its oil imports from neighboring Iran, which is under U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program. “We have reduced our imports to 105,000 barrels a day from 140,000 barrels. We cannot reduce it anymore,” Yildiz said. Yildiz expressed Turkey’s will to make an energy cooperation agreement with the U.S., citing an upcoming visit by the U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to Turkey on Nov. 21. The minister also expressed that Turkey was ready to sign an agreement with the U.S. on shale gas.
160,000 ON THE BOSPHORUS BRIDGE FOR ISTANBUL MARATHON
TAKVIM/HURRIYET/SABAH - 18/11/2013
140,000 racing enthusiasts as well as around 20,000 athletes from 100 countries participated in 35th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon on Nov. 17. French runner Abraham Kiprotich won the men’s competition, while Kenyan runner Rebecca Kangogo Chesire won the women’s race. Turkish athletes Elvan Abeylegesse and Sultan Haydar took the second and third places respectively in the women's category. The winners’ prize was $50,000, whereas those in the second and third places received $25,000 and $15,000 prizes respectively.