TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAR 31

Thursday's dailies cover Turkish president's official visit to the US to attend nuclear summit

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAR 31

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thursday's papers covered an official visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the U.S. to attend the Nuclear Security Summit on Thursday and Friday. 

"U.S. should understand us," was VATAN's headline on a story which quoted Erdogan as saying:

"There is no alternative to the Turkey-U.S. alliance in finding solutions to the problems that we face [...]

“We want to think that the U.S. is with us and understands us although we feel alone at times in our efforts to manage the developments in a region full of uncontrollable political fields."

He was speaking Wednesday at a gathering as he received a delegation of Jewish associations in the country. 

During his address, Erdogan stressed strategic partnership with the U.S. before his expected meeting with President Barack Obama, the paper wrote. 

Erdogan also met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the two discussed Syria, according to HURRIYET. 

Turkey-Syria border security and the advance of YPG forces in northern Syria - designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey but not the U.S. - will be the main issues that Erdogan will discuss with Vice President Joe Biden in a formal sit-down, the paper wrote.

In other news, HURRIYET also covered Wednesday's deadly attack on a Somali school vehicle which killed Turkish, Somali and Azeri nationals. 

At least one Turkish teacher was killed as well as two Azeri teachers and two Somalis as gunmen targeted a school vehicle in the capital Mogadishu, the paper wrote. 

The Turkish embassy in the capital is monitoring the conditions of a number of Turkish citizens who were wounded in the attack, the paper added. 

MILLIYET and YENI SAFAK reported on a fresh red notice issued for nine key members of the terror group DHKP-C over their links to the Istanbul murder of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz in March 2015. 

Kiraz, who was investigating the death of teenager Berkin Elvan, was shot in the head after being taken hostage in Istanbul's Caglayan courthouse complex.

Nine senior members of the terror organization allegedly ordered the prosecutor's murder, YENI SAFAK wrote.

MILLIYET published the names who, according to Istanbul’s office of the chief prosecutor, are heads of the terror group DHKP-C "with concrete evidence showing strong criminal suspicion". 

They are accused of "attempting to remove the constitutional order" and "deliberately killing a public official". 

HABERTURK published that two bomb-proof police buildings have been established in the Sur district of Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province - which has been the scene of PKK terror attacks, curfews and counter-terrorism operations by Turkish security forces.

The PKK – which is also listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and EU – has been rooted out from the district in recent months. 

Now, with an aim of stopping terrorists from entering Sur again, police will be on duty for 24 hours, the paper reported.

Financial paper DUNYA ran a story on its front page saying investment in shopping centers across Turkey has decreased. 

The main reason behind the drop is that investments in the sector have reached saturation point, the paper wrote, adding the growth rate was around 17 percent in the last decade.

 
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