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Turkish dailies on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 cover the typhoon disaster in the Philippines, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming meeting in Diyarbakir with Iraqi Kurdish regional administration’s president Masood Barzani and FM Ahmet Davutoglu’s Iraq visit.
Under its headline “Relief rush to Philippines” HURRIYET DAILY NEWS says countries around the world, including Turkey, have been mobilized to send aid to the Philippines following the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms to ever make landfall in history and the United Nations, United States, Australia, Germany, European Commission and NGOs have all pledged immediate aid to help the island country. It also says that Turkish Deputy PM Besir Atalay departed late Nov. 10 from Ankara to the Philippines with a cargo plane of 65 tons of relief supplies, and quotes him as saying that the first batch of aid included tents, blankets, kitchen tools and other necessary equipment.
TODAY’S ZAMAN says that Turkish Red Crescent’s immediate relief supplies were sent to the Philippines through the coordination of the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency management Directorate (AFAD).
YURT uses a picture on the front page to cover the Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction in the Philippines where 10 thousand people perished and uses the headline “A View of the Armageddon.”
Another item on dailies today is a meeting planned between PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Kurdish regional administration’s leader Masood Barzani, news brought under attention after AA's breaking news.
“Historic appointment in Diyarbakir” is what AKSAM uses to announce a meeting between PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in southeastern city of Diyarbakir. STAR on the same news item says on its front page that the meeting’s main themes will be the solution process, tension between Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and energy.
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS says the Kurds of Iraq’s autonomous administration enjoys close ties with Turkey, particularly in energy field and energy issue will be on the table during the meeting between Erdogan and Barzani.
The same daily uses the headline “Shiite leader asks Turkey to give Iraq more water” to report FM Ahmet Davutoglu’s Iraq visit and says the tricky question of water usage on the rivers Euphrates and Tigris dominates discussion between FM Davutoglu and Iraqi Shiite spiritual leader Ali al-Sistani, with the latter regarding Ankara’s position with suspicion. It also says that, according to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Turkey and Iraq should apply for UN arbitration to resolve a longstanding water problem. It says Davutoglu explained Turkey’s position with regard to water allowance to neighboring countries.Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2013, 10:54