World Bulletin / News Desk
President Abdullah Gül on Friday complained to officials from US technology giant Apple about the second-class treatment Turkey receives from the company, whose products reach the Turkish market several months after they are introduced in other countries.
Gül received Apple Vice President John Couch and a delegation from the company at the Çankaya presidential palace on Friday.
Apple products are sold on the Turkish market several months after they are launched in countries such as the United Kingdom and France, which leads to dissatisfaction among Turks.
Gül asked the Apple officials to give up this practice, to which Couch said he would convey Gül's message to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Gül also requested the inclusion of the Turkish language in products manufactured by Apple as well as the Turkish F keyboard.
Couch said Apple has begun work on adding Turkish and the F keyboard to their products.
Gül, who closely follows technological developments and is an active user of Twitter and Instagram, also requested the opening of authorized Apple stores in Turkey.
Sources from the Presidency said Gül's request was welcomed by the Apple officials.
Last May, Gül visited Apple's headquarters in Silicon Valley. The president also met with Apple CEO Cook there and told him that it was difficult to use Turkish characters on iPads. Cook, in return, said he had not been informed of this but would solve the problem.
IOM staff on the ground both in Turkey and Greece believes a large-scale Turkish coastguard training operation 'have disrupted some of the traffic'
'Our policy remains unchanged and the claims, therefore, are inaccurate,' a government official says
Construction of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline on schedule for completion in 2018, says Turkish FM Cavusoglu
Turkish president accuses Moscow of striking opposition groups in Syria under pretext of fighting ISIL
Turkish FM Cavusoglu says Ankara does not favor tension with its 'neighbor and friend' Russia
Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels comes days after Turkey downs Russian warplane
Turkish president seeks to meet his Russian counterpart in Paris on November 30
Friday's papers cover back-and-forth between Turkish and Russian presidents over shooting down of Russian warplane by Turkey
Turkey halts air raids against ISIL in Syria in order to avoid any further crises as with downed Russian warplane
Turkish prime minister uses UK newspaper column to say Turkey will continue to defend its territory but work with Russia and allies to calm tensions
Turkish president says the incident with Russia not a 'cause of war; this is what the international engagement rules requires of all nations'
Russian ambassador in Ankara, Andrey Karlov, summoned to Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
'We don't need to apologise on an occasion that we are right,' Turkish FM says
But presidency spokesman says that controls will be increased on Turkish goods entering the country
Erdogan has accused Russia of not fighting ISIL in Syria, saying it is killing Turkmen and Syrians in Latakia instead
EU agrees to open Chapter 17 in Turkey’s accession talks in December