Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's statements regarding the downing of Turkish military plane, the release of Fenerbahce sports club's chairman Aziz Yildirim from the prison, Turkish economy's growth figures for the first quarter of 2012, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's visit to Egypt.
Syrian President al-Assad, who spoke to Cumhuriyet daily, expressed his regrets over crashing a Turkish military plane. Al-Assad, who made statements for the first time about the crash of Turkish plane, said that they downed a Turkish F4 reconnaissance plane by an anti-aircraft battery in Syrian airspace. When asked why they hit an unarmed plane, al-Assad said, "the Turkish plane was using the air corridor which was frequently used by Israeli planes. We did not see it on the radar and we were not informed about the plane, thus, soldiers crashed it. We learned the plane belongs to Turkey after we crashed it." Noting that Syria would have apologized to Turkey, if it had downed the plane in international airspace, al-Assad said that Syria fully regretted crashing the Turkish plane. Also commenting on Geneva document, al-Assad said, "the document does not mention an external intervention, and it expresses respect towards Syrian people's decision which are enough for me."
All newspapers wrote the release of Fenerbahce's Chairman Yildirim from prison. Istanbul's 16th Criminal Court, on Monday, released Yildirim who had been kept in prison for the past year under a match-fixing case. The court, however, sentenced Yildirim to 2.5 years in prison for the crime of establishing an illegal organization and 3 years, 9 months under match-fixing and incentive bonus charges for a total of 6 years and 3 months. Fenerbahce fans rushed in front of Metris Prison to welcome Yildirim. He was able to depart from the prison after waiting for half an hour due to crowd. Meanwhile, Yildirim, who spoke to Hurriyet daily, said that there was no such beautiful thing like freedom, adding that he would begin working after resting a week.
Turkish economy's growth figures was also another topic in the newspapers. Turkish economy grew 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012. According to TurkStat, the first quarter growth rate of gross domestic product in 2012 increased 3.2 percent in constant prices when compared to the first quarter of 2011. Also, the first quarter growth rate of gross domestic product in 2012 increased 14.2 percent and reached 329 billion Turkish lira in current prices. The first quarter growth rate of gross domestic product in 2012 increased 3.2 percent and reached 27 billion Turkish lira in constant prices. Highest growth rate was recorded in energy sector with 8.4 percent. Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said that the figures were not surprising for him.
Another topic in the newspapers was Foreign Minister Davutoglu's visit to Egypt. Davutoglu became the first foreign minister who visited Egypt after Mohammad Mursi undertook the presidency of the country. Davutgolu also attended the meeting of Syrian opponents. He said, "Turkey took the biggest risk in Egypt, not in Syria. Turkey, while nobody was seeing, made an important prediction, and supported Egyptian people."
Prosecution source identifies Rakim Bulgarov, Vadim Osmanov as two of trio of suicide bombers
ISIL armed group most likely responsible for Tuesday's deadly Istanbul airport attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
32 remanded in custody, others deported, bailed, according to official records
Mevlut Cavusoglu becomes first Turkish minister to visit Russia since Nov. 24 crisis began when Turkey downed Russian jet
Kremlin spokesman says time, place not fixed for presidents to meet before September summit Dmitry Peskov
Aid ship "Lady Leyla" is expected to reach Israeli port of Ashdod within 30 hours
New law will reduces number of departments in Supreme Court of Appeals, Council of State
Turkish FM Cavusoglu says relationship should be built on cooperation, not competition
Travel + Leisure magazine pens piece extolling beauty of Turkey, urging readers to visit
Motorcycle racer Kenan Sofuoglu breaks land speed record at 400 km on 2,682-meter-long bridge named after Ottoman leader
In 2016 alone, 1,654 people were held, of which 791 were foreigners, Turkish interior minister tells parliament
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs decree lifting charter flights ban to Turkey
Suspects taken to the Istanbul Police Department's Anti-extremism Branch after suicide bombings killed 44 people and wounded 239 at Atatürk Airport
Four soldiers killed in Çukurca of Hakkari, two in Derik of Mardin and two in Genç of Bingöl during operations against PKK extremists
UN 'stands firmly with people and government of Turkey in fighting against extremism,' UN chief says
Turkish authorities elevated security measures to the highest level following the attack, according to security sources