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Most Turkish newspapers on Friday cover Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call on Obama to deport U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of allegedly being leader of an influential group—also called the “parallel state”-- claimed to be nestled within key state institutions including the judiciary and the police and undermining the government.
HURRIYET quotes Erdogan speaking during NATO summit in Wales; “When the U.S. wants us to hand over terrorists, we do that, so now we are telling them either deport him (Gulen) or hand him over to us.”
SABAH runs the headline, “Either deport him (Gulen) or hand him over to us,” says Erdogan. Erdogan continues; “They almost created a spy network. Pennsylvania is the focal point of these affairs.”
VATAN also quoted Erdogan, “Some say what can you do without any documents to prove. Everything is clear. There is wiretapping. The prime minister and cabinet have been tapped.”
The front page of today’s VATAN reads: “The most critical meeting,” referring to Erdogan and Obama meeting at the sidelines of NATO summit. The newspaper reported that Erdogan’s last face to face meeting with Obama was in May 2013. The two presidents will discuss international wiretapping scandals; self-styled militant group Islamic State and the future of Syria and Iraq; cease-fire between Israel and Palestine; and the latest developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
DAILY SABAH reports that Erdogan is attending the NATO summit for the first time as Turkey’s president. The newspaper says apart from Obama, Erdogan will also have talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
HABERTURK reports that the West has given the strongest message to Russia since the cold war.
YENI SAFAK reports NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen’s remarks, accusing Russia of attacking Ukraine.
Some Turkish newspapers also cover Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association Chairman Haluk Dincer’s criticisms over the polarization in Turkey which he says should end, at a press conference in Turkish capital Ankara.
According to AKSAM, Dincer said that Turkey lost its reputation after Gezi protests, a series of nationwide anti-government protests which were sparked over plans to replace Istanbul's Gezi Park with a shopping mall.
VATAN reports that Dincer said Turkey needs to accelerate its EU process and ongoing peace process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).Last Mod: 05 Eylül 2014, 11:29