Published On: Wed, Sep 20th, 2017

News Scan for Turkey, September 20th, 2017

Trump thanks Turkey for hosting Syrian refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump has thanked Turkey for hosting Syrians who escaped from their war-torn country, while grilling North Korea and Iran during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19.

“We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict,” Trump said.

In his combative debut speech, Trump also threatened the “total destruction’” of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.

Erdoğan meets Trump in luncheon hosted by UN Chief Guterres

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump during a luncheon hosted by United Nations chief Antonio Guterres in New York.

No statements have been released regarding what was discussed during the meeting. However, sources said the presidents had a discussion in a positive atmosphere. Later in the day, Erdoğan said that he will discuss the U.S.’ decision to stop selling weapons sales to Turkish presidential guards with Trump in a one-on-one meeting.

On the topic of Turkey’s S-400 missile defense system deal with Russia, he said that both sides hold the same views despite criticism from the U.S.

Turkish FM says Ankara could be a mediator between Erbil, Baghdad

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Tuesday that Turkey could mediate between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraq, and also be a guarantor to ensure the protection of the rights of Erbil. Located in northern Iraq, Erbil is the seat of the KRG.

“We have been asking the KRG authorities to stop this process, and if their constitutional rights are the problem, we can help them to guarantee their constitutional right. So Turkey and other countries that the KRG can name, together we can be mediators, we can even be guarantors of their rights,” said Çavuşoğlu in an interview with Al-Monitor.

Gender segregation at a public school in Turkey

Management at a public middle school in Kartal district of Turkey’s İstanbul has put up signs at school canteen separating the sections to be used by female and male students.

Criticizing the spread of this kind of sexist and discriminative approach by executives of coed public schools, head of Turkey’s trade union on education, Eğitim Sen, said coed education system is tried to be eliminated illegally.

“These kinds of practices have been tried for a long time. Coed education is being brought to an end…They (authorities) have managed to do this in İmam-Hatip (Islamic vocational schools) schools… Some executives at schools separate the buildings as for male and for female students if they have the chance. Those who do not have such chance design the hallways like that”, says head of Eğitim Sen, Feray Aytekin Aydoğan, as Dilek Şen from Cumhuriyet reported.

Turkey’s Treasury holds auctions to borrow over $1B

Turkey’s Undersecretariat of Treasury borrowed nearly 3.8 billion Turkish liras ($1.08 billion) from the domestic market in two separate auctions Tuesday, according to an official statement.

Turkey’s Treasury announced that 2.78 billion Turkish liras ($797 million) 10-year fixed coupon bonds (semiannually, re-opened, second issue) were up for auction that will be settled on Wednesday and mature on Aug. 11, 2027. According to the statement, the total tender for the bonds was 3.71 billion Turkish liras ($1.06 billion) with a 75 percent accepted/tendered rate.

The treasury said the interest rate of the re-opened 10-year fixed coupon bonds was accepted at a 5.28 percent term rate while annual simple and compound interest rates were 10.56 and 10.84 percent, respectively.

Turkey’s new top cleric enters office, vows to continue struggle against FETÖ

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) will step up its efforts in the fight against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, new Diyanet head Ali Erbaş said on Sept. 18.

“We have to work more than ever to repair the damage that FETÖ caused on a spiritual and practical level with its mysterious and vague religious outlook, exploiting young minds and abusing the benevolence of our people,” Erbaş said in a speech at the handover ceremony on Sept. 18.

“We have to work more than ever to deliver the eternal call of Allah and the Prophet to humanity, which is embroiled in secularism and nihilism,” he said.

compiled by Editor BTT

This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.


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