World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's energy and natural resources minister said on Sunday that Turkey expected to use 48-50 billion cubic meters of natural gas this year.
Taner Yildiz said that Turkey wanted to ensure oil and natural gas supply security.
"Iraq will have a significant contribution in meeting Turkey's natural gas demand," Yildiz said at the First International Energy Arena in Irbil, Iraq.
Yildiz said Turkey established a network between 65 percent consumption points in its west and 70 percent production points in its east and south.
"Turkey makes best use of its geographical advantages, and will continue to do so," Yildiz said.
Yildiz said Turkish public and private sectors could not remain indifferent to 100-200 kilometer hinterland around itself when it was exploring oil in Colombia and Venezuela.
"With its growing economy, Turkey aims to increase its trade with its region, and to this end, Turkish companies have made significant investments in the north of Iraq," Yildiz said.
Moreover, Yildiz said Turkey supported Iraq's territorial integrity and wished Iraq to maintain its federal and democratic development.
Israel's Netanyahu said he is hopeful for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Turkey.
Turkish parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said “The biggest insult and the biggest disrespect that can be done to a society is accusing them of committing genocide, though it is not real.”
Muhammad Salih claims that followers of Fethullah Gulen are pushing to deport him from Turkey in return for a lift of restrictions on their activities in Uzbekistan.
Most Turkish dailies on Tuesday dedicated their front pages to the releases of detainees connected with Ergenekon case – an alleged coup plot – plus a Turkish Super League football match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce which was abandonded after fans threw flares and objects on to the pitch before clashing with police.
A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case.
Two people, one man and one woman, have been shot in an attack at a courthouse in Istanbul's Caglayan district.
Bulgaria plans a gas pipeline connection to Turkey in order to diversify its natural gas resources.
Berkin Elvan, then aged 14, got caught up in street battles between police and protesters on June 16 after going out to buy bread for his family
In a statement, the ministry said navy forces moved to rescue the 48-year-old Turkish crew member after receiving a request for help from the ship crew.
In a Monday statement following a meeting with Turkish ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Mustafa Sarnic, Jamal al-Khoudari, who is also a member of the board of the Islamic University in Gaza, said he asked the diplomat to convey his gratitude to the Turkish premier.
Erdogan underlined the government's effort in the solution process at the local elections rally in Turkey's eastern city Mus.
A Turkish criminal court released three prominent detainees of "Ergenekon", an alleged coup attempt case.
Many events including Gezi Park protests and December 17 anti-graft operations target the Kurdish 'solution process', says Turkish PM Erdogan
Domestically manufactured 'Mizrak-U' passes airborne firing tests
Three employees of the Zirve Publishing House were attacked, tortured and murdered by five people in 2007 in Malatya, Turkey