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Saudi king, Turkey PM discuss Jerusalem status at talks

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman and Turkey's premier on Wednesday discussed boosting ties and the status of Jerusalem, in a first high-level meeting since the US controversially recognised the city as Israel's capital. Firm US ally Riyadh and NATO member Ankara have both slammed President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to upend decades of careful policy by Washington. But the Saudis only sent a low-level representative to a conference of Muslim nations on the issue hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid…

PM in Ankara to hold wide-ranging talks with Turkish leadership

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim will co-chair the 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Ankara on Thursday. PM Sharif also held a meeting with Yildirim, while simultaneous meetings are being held between the Pakistani delegation comprising Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi with their Turkish counterparts.…

Erdogan says Turkey has ‘many other alternatives’ to EU

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country has not yet given up on its ambition to join the European Union but has "many other alternatives" if the stalled process goes nowhere. "We have not yet closed the European Union book right now," Erdogan told an international conference in Istanbul. "But nobody should forget that Turkey always has many other alternatives." Last week the European Parliament backed a freeze in Turkey's membership talks, angering Erdogan who threatened to retaliate by…

Sadiq apprises Turkish leadership of human right violations in held-Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to participate in the 36th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) in Ankara. During his call on Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on 18 October, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq paid rich tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives in defense of Turkish democracy on 15th July. He recalled that the National Assembly and…

New constitution before parliament ‘very soon’ : Turkish PM 

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday said the government would "very soon" submit proposals to parliament for constitutional changes bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The government is seeking a three-fifths majority for the proposals in parliament, which would allow the calling of a referendum to let the people have the final say. The chances of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) cobbling together such a majority increased on Tuesday when the leader of the…

18 killed in truck bomb attack on soldiers in southeast Turkey

ANKARA: Eighteen people were killed Sunday when a van packed with five tonnes of explosives blew up in Turkey's restive southeast in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants, the prime minister said. The bombing, which killed 10 soldiers and eight civilians, was one of the most deadly attacks on Turkish security forces since the attempted coup of July 15 when a rogue military faction tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The attack was perpetrated by a suicide bomber who detonated a van (packed) with five tonnes of…