Turkey hosts many summits and leaders during 2008

There has been an intense diplomacy traffic as part of Turkey's foreign policy during 2008.

Turkey hosts many summits and leaders during 2008

There has been an intense diplomacy traffic as part of Turkey's foreign policy during 2008.

Turkey officially hosted a number of heads of state and government such as President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir of Sudan, President Jalal Talabani of Iraq, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis of Greece, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, President Ali Abdallah Salih of Yemen, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia, Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah of Kuwait, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain, President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad of Iran, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek of Czech Republic, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan, Prime Minister Igor Chudinov of Kyrgyzstan, Prime Minister Fuad Siniora of Lebanon, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Pascal Couchepin of Switzerland, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, President Bamir Topi of Albania, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany of Hungary, Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo of South Korea and President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka.

New turkish judge at ECHR

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected Professor Isil Karakas of the Galatasaray University as the new judge of Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). She took over the office on May 5 from Riza Turmen, who held the position since 1998. Karakas, a lecturer at Galatasaray University in Istanbul who has worked on European Union law and International Human Rights law, is the first female judge from Turkey at the ECHR, and will remain in office for the next six years.

Palestinian ambassadors converge to Ankara

Palestinian ambassadors in European countries convened in Ankara after three years of break. During the meeting, Turkey extended its support to Palestine.

Recognizing Kosovo's independence

Turkey recognized independence of Kosovo on February 18. Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, "Turkey attaches great importance to prevalence of an understanding of lasting peace in the Balkans which suffered much in the recent years. We wish that Kosovo's independence will constitute an opportunity to reinforce stability and confidence among the regional countries."

PKK operations in N Iraq

Turkish military launched a ground operation into northern part of Iraq against the PKK. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that "the operation targeted only the terrorist organization," and added, "we attach great importance to Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity."

Turkey-Pasific islands meeting

Foreign ministers from 11 countries in south Pacific region converged to Istanbul to attend a meeting hosted by Turkey to boost relations. The meeting aimed at developing Turkey's relations with countries in the region and to strengthen cooperation at both the bilateral and multilateral levels.

First visit from Maldives

Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of Maldives paid an official visit to Turkey. Shahid's visit will be the first high-level official visit from Maldives to Turkey. During the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed to boost cooperation ties between the two countries.

Queen Elizabeth II in Turkey

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and her spouse Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip came to Turkey on May 14 upon invitation of President Abdullah Gul.

The royal couple visited northwestern province of Bursa and Istanbul. The Queen celebrated her birthday during the visit. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last visited Turkey in October 1971.

Syria-Israel talks

Turkey-mediated talks between Syria, Israel began on May 21. The parties met for four time in Turkey.

Iran's ambassador to Turkey

Iran appointed an ambassador to Turkey after a break of two years. Former consul general in Istanbul, Bahman Hussein Pur, became the new ambassador of Iran in Ankara.

Said Jalili, the secretary general of Iran's National High Security Council and nuclear chief negotiator, met Foreign Minister Ali Babacan in Istanbul in July. Babacan said following the meeting that Turkey was not opposed to use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, but against nuclear weapons in the region.

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran paid a working visit to Istanbul in August.

UNSC membership

Turkey became a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council on October 17. Turkey won two-thirds of votes in the voting, and secured a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the Western European and Others Group. Turkey will be a non-permanent member of the council for the term 2009-2010.

Flights to Baghdad after 17 years

The Turkish Airlines (THY) began its flights to Iraqi capital Baghdad after 17 years.

Pakistan-Afghanistan summit

A trilateral summit was held in Istanbul with the participation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The parties reiterated their commitments to ensure peace, security, stability and economic development in the region and agreed to maintain their dialogue and develop their cooperation.

Caucasian Platform

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan visited Russia and Georgia after Georgia launched a crackdown on South Ossetia on August 7, drawing a harsh response from Russia in response.

They held talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, President Dmitriy Medvedev, and with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Turkey proposed to establish a Caucasian Stability and Cooperation Platform with the participation of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia and Georgia to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Gul's visit

President Abdullah Gul paid a visit to the Armenian capital city Yerevan on September 6 as the guest of President Serzh Sargsian of Armenia. President Gul and his Armenian counterpart watched the World Cup qualifying match between Turkish and Armenian national teams together.

Later, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian came to Istanbul on November 24 to visit the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Secretariat in Istanbul after he took over the rotating presidency of BSEC earlier in the year. He said that Armenia was ready to pre-conditionally establish diplomatic relations with Turkey and to open its border crossings.


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