“The memorandum of understanding aims to promote judicial cooperation between the two public prosecutors by exchanging information between the Moroccan and Turkish authorities on the legal systems of the two countries and criminal laws, in particular laws relating to organised crime, terrorist crime, trafficking in narcotic drugs and illegal psychotropic substances and economic crimes,” it said.
Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.
Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.
While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that Ankara and Moscow “have no disagreements” over Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, some reports even suggested that Russia was actually helping Turkey to reach its goals in Afrin. For its part, while expressing concern over the situation in eastern Ghouta, Turkey stopped short of directly condemning the Russian-backed military moves in the area. Meanwhile, Iran apparently preferred to keep a low profile regarding both cases.
(3.4.2018) Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Ankara for his first foreign visit since his March 18 re-election. Both the defense system agreement and Putin’s visit underscore the intensifying ties between Turkey and Russia.
It appears a new regional security order is encircling Syria as the civil war grinds into its seventh year. This shift was visible last week, when the leaders of Turkey, Iran, and Russia met in Ankara to discuss solutions to the Syrian crisis. The detailed talks covered de-escalation zones, humanitarian concerns, and intra-Syrian dialogue, but the broader motive was to agree on the role of each state once the conflict ends.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down “immediately” to open way for a political settlement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on April 11, holding him responsible for the death of “nearly 1 million people” during the seven-year-long conflict in Syria.
The presidents exchanged views about the chemical attack, sources added.
The call marked the third phone call between the heads of state in less than a month.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke highly of the meeting of the heads of state, guarantors of the Astana process: Russia, Iran and Turkey. Taking into account the results of the international consultations, the leaders exchanged views on the Syrian settlement and agreed to continue contacts on this issue.
(8.3.2018) In remarks reportedly made this week in a meeting with Egyptian newspaper editors, he pointed to a “triangle of evil” in the Middle East made up of Iran — Riyadh’s perennial foe — Islamist extremist groups and Turkey. His rhetoric seemed to echo the notorious „axis of evil“ bluster of the George W. Bush administration.
The inclusion of Turkey raised eyebrows and sparked an angry backlash on Turkish social media.
(28.3.2017) According to German media, Turkish officials handed the target list including names, addresses, telephone numbers and photographs to their German counterparts during the Munich security conference in February.
Federal prosecutors will examine how Turkey compiled such detailed information on their targets.
“The success of our investigation will depend largely on the information shared with us by German counter-espionage agencies,” spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said about the investigation into “persons unknown”.
Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has captured 80 Turkish citizens suspected of links to what the authorities call the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) from 18 different countries so far, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on April 5.
“Turkey is one of the countries responsible for the situation in Syria,” Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) leader Alper Taş told Ahval.
Turkish troops, backed by their Islamist Syrian allies, seized the Syrian town of Afrin last month after a two-month offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkey now controls a swathe of territory in northern and northwestern Syria and has threatened to capture northeastern Syria from the Kurds.
Turkish military on April 3 set up its eighth observation point in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, it stated.
“You are not popular. The step you took regarding Jerusalem at the United Nations is out in the open. The answer you received is out in the open. Stop bragging about owning nuclear weapons. The time may come when those weapons don’t work,” Erdoğan added.
“You are also a terrorist. History is recording what you have done to all those oppressed Palestinians,” Erdoğan said, adding that he believes Israelis too are disturbed by Netanyahu’s misdeeds.
Turkey condemns Greece’s decision to include the disputed islands of Imia (Kardak) in the Aegean Sea in the EU Natura 2000 environmental program, official representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy said.
(13.3.2007) Syria is surrounded by unfriendly forces. Turkey, a close ally to Israel in the north, Jordan in the south, the U.S.-occupied Iraq east and Lebanon west of it.We know from Seymour Hersh (and in fact, „we“ does mean „6 Billion Jurors in the Court of Puplic Opinion“), that the Bush Administration and the royal dynasty of Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the Israeli Government, are funding Sunni islamists and terrorist militias in the north of Lebanon and all over the middle east, allegedly to prevent the so-called „Shiite crescent“.
We know, that the Lebanese Leader of the Druze, Walid Jumblatt, met with Dick Cheney in Washington last fall and advised him, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be „the ones to talk to“.
We also know by the New Yorker journalist, that „there is evidence that the Administration`s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood,“ that there is Saudi money and American involvement.
“Those who host at the highest level the members of a terrorist organization, which has been freely carrying out its activities in their countries, should be aware that this is nothing but an expression of hostility against Turkey,” Erdoğan said on March 30, condemning French President Emmanuel Macron’s reception of members of Syrian Kurdish groups at the Elysée Palace.