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A formal memorandum on friendship between Batumi and the Turkish town of Kushadasi is in the process of development, Business Georgia reports.The chairman of the town council of Batumi, Giorgi Kirtadz, arrived on a 4-day official visit to Turkey on the 15th of October in order to work on the memorandum, according to the council of Batumi. Part of the visit involved Giorgi Kirtadz participating in an event organized by the International Union of Festivals. The festival will host 20 countries along with Georgia.

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The Iraqi Government has not yet been formed. The incumbent prime minister of the country, Nouri al-Maliki, is set to visit Turkey in order to enlist its support, CNN TURK reports.In the framework of his regional tour, al-Maliki will first visit Jordan, where he will meet King Abdullah. Al-Maliki will then visit Iran to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ali Khomeini.After that the Iraqi premier will visit Turkey and Egypt.

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The Turkish Prime Minister said on Friday that no requests have been made yet on deployment of a proposed NATO anti-missile system in Turkey, World Bulletin reports. Erdogan said that his government has not received any offers so far. Earlier in the day, Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that Turkey was negotiating the proposed NATO missile defense system, stressing however, that the matter has not yet been settled. Gonul denied allegations that the US was pushing Turkey to make a decision on the issue."

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Turkish officials insist that the NATO missile defense system should not target any country, including Iran and Syria, Xinhua reports. Turkish National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said that Turkey does not intend to target any country.

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The summit of the leaders of Lebanon, Iran, Syria and Turkey in Beirut has been cancelled, Trend reports, citing the Al-Jazeera TV channel.The reasons for the cancellation were not announced.Ahmdainejad met Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah at the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The Israeli press reported that Nasrallah emerged from his bunker to present Ahmadinejad with an Israeli pistol acquired in the Israeli-Lebanon conflict in 2006.

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Cyprus has opened a border crossing post connecting Greek-Cyprus village Kato Pirgos and Turkish-Cyprus Limnitis, AP reports.The first time discussions of such crossing were held with UN in 2008. The new crossing will improve the conditions in north-west Cyprus, its inhabitants had to go around half the island to reach the capital. Now the road to Nicosia should take approximately an hour. The event is expected to stimulate the Cyprus conflict settlement.

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Georgia and Turkey have signed an agreement in Istanbul on the joint management of customs posts. The document was signed by Georgian Finance Minister Kakha Baindurashvili and Turkish Minister of State Giyat Iyaziji, Business Georgia reports. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier discussed joint customs management.

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Iraq may join the international gas consortium Nabucco earlier than Turkmenistan, the special US representative for energy affairs in Eurasia, Richard Morningstar, said.Morningstar clarified that the US companies are not participating in Nabucco, but may provide equipment. The main question is who, besides Azerbaijan, will provide gas.

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Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded Israel to pay compensations and make official appologies for the murder of 9 Turkish activists on Freedom Flotilla humanitarian vessel, Trend reports, citing agency dpa.Freedom Flotilla was attempting to break the blockade of Gaza. It had humanitarian aid and human rights activists. Israeli naval forces intercepted the ship on the night of May 31. 9 Turks were killed, tens were wounded, hundreds were later arrested and deported. 7 Israeli commandos were injured.

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Construction of the Sarp customs office and the renovation of the Kobuleti road has led to a large build-up of vehciles on the Turkish border, Business Georgia reports. The head of Adzharia, Levan Varshalomidze, and the heads of customs offices from the Georgian side and the Governor of Artivin Mustafa Yemlihalioglu, Turkish Trade Attach Volcan Berker, heads of Hopy and Arkhav and Turkish customs offices have visited the site. They agreed to take measures to prevent queues.

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The Council of Europe will hold a forum in Yerevan on October 19-21, with the participation of European functionaries, News Armenia reports, citing the information center of the Council of Europe. The sides will discuss principles and challenges of democracy in Europe. The challenges include trust crisis in political institutions, a loss of interest in policy and the influence of the economic crisis.

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The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be settled using only peaceful means, Slovenian President Danilo Turk said at a press-conference in Yerevan, News.am reports. The president said that the conflict should be resolved as soon as possible. Turk urged all sides, including Turkey, to be attentive and helpful in the issue. He also urged Turkey and Armenia to continue works to restore Armenian-Turkish dialogue. The president added that Slovenia approves signing of Armenian-Turkish protocols in Zurich one year ago.

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A Kazakh delegation has participated in the autumn session of OSCE PA in Palermo, where they discussed inter-parliamentary cooperation with the Chairman of the Parliament Assembly Petros Efthymiou, Kazinform reports. One of the main topics were transnational organized crime and corruption. Sultanov informed Efthimiou about preparations for a session of the OSCE PA bureau, organized within the framework of the summit of the organization in Astana on November 30, 2011.

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The Samson-Jaykhan oil pipeline project needs tax benefits on the Turkish territory to provide a competitive prices, the head of Transneft Nikolay Tokarev said in an interview with a corporate magazine, RIA Novosti reports. Samsun-Jaykhan is planned to be built from the Turkish Black Sea city Samsun to the port of Jaykhan. The project will transport 60-70 million tons of oil annually, avoiding Bosporus and Dardanelles. The project will be realized with the assistance of Russian companies.

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