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Turkish dailies on Thursday covered Turkish PM Erdogan’s upcoming meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani in southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir, Azerbaijani President Aliyev’s visit to Turkey, the proposal on a missile deal to be submitted by American firms to Turkey following a Turkish missile deal with a Chinese firm and ousted Egyptian president Morsi’s message to the Egyptian people.
“The solution process will be crowned in Diyarbakir”
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG) President Massoud Barzani will come to southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir to participate in the opening ceremony of structures in Diyarbakir. Famous Kurdish singer Siwan Perwer will also accompany Barzani and even will have a duet with a Turkish singer of Kurdish descent.
Daily AKSAM headlined Barzani's visit by quoting IKRG foreign minister as saying that the meeting will turn a new page between Turkey and the Iraqi Kurdish regional government while contributing to peace in the region and the solution process of the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Turkish PM Erdogan’s words “the solution process will be crowned in Diyarbakir” were also quoted on the daily's first page.
Daily HURRIYET also quoted Erdogan’s words on Barzani’s visit as writing, “We will crown the solution process with Barzani." The daily wrote that Erdogan will attend a collective opening ceremony and the wedding ceremony of 300 couples in Diyarbakir, to which Barzani has also been invited.
Daily SABAH also touched on the issue on its front page and wrote that Prime Minister Erdogan heads to Diyarbakir this weekend for a two-day program which includes a series of openings, a meeting with Northern Iraq Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani and a mass wedding ceremony for 300 couples at which musical legends Ibrahim Tatlises and Siwan Perwer are set to perform a duet. The daily quoted Erdogan as saying: "We wanted to add some color to this special wedding ceremony and I believe we have done so as, for the first time ever, Ibrahim Tatlises and Siwan Perwer will sing a duet at the ceremony."
Daily YENISAFAK also gave a place to the “historical meeting in Diyarbakir,” writing that Turkish singer of Kurdish origin Ibrahim Tatlises would sing for the first time after being shot in the head two years ago.
Daily TURKIYE also headlined Erdogan’s program in Diyarbakir, writing: “Mutual visits with Iraqi leaders will contribute to peace."
On the other hand, daily CUMHURİYET headlined the issue by writing “Election brotherhood,” stating that Erdogan’s meeting with Barzani in Diyarbakir is not related to Turkey's solution process, but to the Erdogan’s calculations for elections and fixing his image in eastern Turkish provinces.
“We are re-drawing the energy map”
Another main topic on Turkish dailies' agenda was the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Turkey and the agreement signed between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Daily STAR headlined the Erdogan–Aliyev meeting by quoting Erdogan’s words “We are re-drawing the energy map.” The daily wrote that the construction of the Transanadolu Pipline (TANAP), which will carry Azerbaijani natural gas to Europe, will commence in 2014. Daily TURKIYE and TARAF also referred to the same issue and headlined that the TANAP project will start in 2014.
Daily SABAH headlined the Erdogan-Aliyev meeting by writing “two pieces of good news.” The dailiy reported that the Azerbaijani President has softened his stance on eliminating visa requirements and also aims to initially enable businessmen and academics while decreasing work permit fees of Turkish citizens in Azerbaijan fromo $1,270 to $50.
The dailies BUGUN, HURRIYET and YENISAFAK headlined the Erdogan-Aliyev meeting with “Erdogan and Alivey signed seven agreements,” noting those agreements were on cooperation in trade, energy and security.
One of the issues addressed on most Turkish dailies' front pages was the discussion on Turkey’s missile deal with a Chinese firm and the renewal of American firms' proposals so as to reattract Turkey.
Daily TARAF headlined the issue and wrote “Patriot returns to the table,” referring to the American missile firms producing the Partiot missiles. The daily wrote that the Raytheon and Lockhead American firms have renewed their first proposal to make it more preferable against the Chinese firm’s proposal.
Daily BUGUN also covered the issue and headlined “Signal of new proposal from the Patriot.” The daily claimed that the American firms will propose a system which would work against mid-range missiles. Based on a source, the daily claimed the firms also have a proposal concerning F-35 fighter jets which are not detectable by radars.
Turkish dailies also covered the message by Egyptian ousted president Mohammed Morsi concerning the junta in Egypt. Daily STAR headlined the issue by writing “The Betrayer will be brought to account,” claiming that President Morsi was kidnapped by the junta one day before the July 3 coup. Daily YENISAFAK also placed the story on its front page and quoted Morsi as saying, “Junta kidnapped me before the coup.” The daily also wrote that Morsi said Chief of Staff General al-Sisi had betrayed his people and will thus be brought to account for his illegal actions.Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 12:28