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Turkey, Cameroon sign visa-free travel deal

An agreement on the abolition of the visa regime between Turkey and Cameroon was signed during the official visit of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to the West African country, 6news.com.tr reports. 

Turkey to return its ambassador to Sweden.

Turkey to return its ambassador to Sweden.

Turkey has decided to return its ambassador to Sweden, less than a week after Zergun Koruturk was recalled by Ankara over the Swedish parliament’s approval of a resolution calling the 1915 killings of Armenians by Turks “genocide,” 1news.az said.

Turkey scraps transit tax for Georgians until May 1

Turkey has annulled transit tax for Georgian citizens until May 1 of this year, a Georgian Foreign Ministry consular official said on Tuesday, Business Georgia reports.

Russia is not going to take part in "Nabukko"

Russia doesn't show an interest for participation in the project of building of gas main "Nabukko", the head of Ministry of Foreigh Affairs of Russia said, RIA Novosti reports.

Armenia's Defense Ministry has inspected the territory of Turkey

 Employees of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia held inspections on the territory of Turkey in 8-13 March. According to Armenia Today in the press service of Ministry of Defense of …

PACE supports Kazakh proposal on OSCE summit.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) supports the initiative of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold an OSCE summit this year, KazTAG said.

Prime Minister Erdogan goes to the UK

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the invitation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will go to London tomorrow, said TRT Russian. The two-day visit of Prime Minister Erdogan will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Cemil Cicek, government ministers and Zafer Chaglayan Egemen Bagysh, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and MPs.

Conflict between police and the Kurds happened in Turkey

In Turkey in clashes with Kurdish rebels one policeman was killed, another one was injured, said a source in law enforcement agency in the country, reports Reuters.The incident occurred near the border with Iraq.It is reported that the activists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party took part in the clashes.

Minister of Defenсe of The USA: Congress Resolution on "genocide" is an error

Resolution of the Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Representatives that admits the so-called "Armenian genocide", is a mistake - said in an interview on Al-Arabiya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said Trend News with reference to the agency Anatolia. "We certainly hope that Congress and the House of Representatives will not push further this bill," - Gates said. According to him, such resolutions can be very harmful to the Turkish-Armenian relations.

The Swedish Government won’t ratify the resolution on the "Armenian Genocide"

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan his regret about the adoption  of the Parliament resolution on the so-called "Armenian genocide," the Trend News reports with reference to the television channel CNN Turk and the press-service of the Turkish premier. "We as a government, won’t  ratify this resolution," - said Reinfeldt during a telephone conversation with Erdogan last night.

Turkey prepares a strict answer to Sweden.

Ankara’s answer on the acceptance of “Armenian genocide” by Swedish Parliament will be strict – said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is now in Finland with an informal visit – reports Trend News agency quoting CNN Turk.

Erdogan: The ban against wearing hijab is worse than destruction of the sacred Kaaba

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  criticized sharply the movement for a ban against women’s wearing the hijab in educational and public institutions, which became widely spread in Turkey in recent years. The violation of human rights, including the right of women to dress on their own discretion, worse than the destruction of the holy Kaaba, said the Prime Minister.

EU enlargement commissioner to visit Turkey

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule will make an official visit to Turkey on March 15-16, for talks on the main issues of Turkish-EU cooperation, reports Trend news agency with reference to an EU statement."I am sure that eventually, Turkey will become an updated, modern and reformed country whose membership of the EU will be in the interest of both sides," Fule said before leaving.Fule’s visit to Turkey is the first since he was appointed several months ago.

Turkish deputy prime minister meets minority representatives

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Byulent Arinc held a breakfast meeting with the representatives of Turkey’s ethnic and religious minorities, reports 6news.Arinc mentioned that work is continuing on the resumption of education at the Orthodox theological seminary on Heibeliada Island, located not far from Istanbul.Arinc said the opening of the seminary was prevented by some of positions of Turkish law. “I hope that Turkey, as state governed by the rule of law, will remove the obstacles connected with this problem within Turkish law in the near future,” he said.

Gul dismisses Swedish parliament’s Armenian genocide decision

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said a decision by Sweden’s parliament to recognize as genocide the killing of Armenians by Turks in 1915 lacks credibility, APA reported.

Council of Europe rules on Azerbaijani human rights

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has published its rulings on the implementation by Azerbaijan and other European states of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, Trend reports.The decisions taken on 25 cases or categories of cases concerning Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Britain, Turkey and Ukraine were published.

Turkey to give Russia draft of agreement on nuclear power plant construction

Turkey will give Russia a draft of an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant, ITAR-TASS reports.In late February, the Russian side handed over its draft of the intergovernmental agreement to Ankara for examination.

China to expand high-speed rail system to 17 countries

China is planning to expand its high-speed railway system to 17 countries, including Russia, Iran and Turkey. “Negotiations are going on with the respective countries and construction should be finished in 2025,” Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

IMF delegation to appraise Turkish economy in May

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will send a special delegation to Turkey in May to evaluate the country’s long-term economic outlook and policies, the organization said in a statement.