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All Turkish dailies on Friday focused heavily on news that Turkey refrained from signing the ‘Jeddah Communique’ which aimed for a unified stand against the threat of terrorism and the Islamic State.
On Thursday the foreign ministers of 12 countries – including the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – held a meeting in Saudi Arabia's western city of Jeddah to discuss means of fighting the militant group.
Ten Arabic countries supported the U.S. strategy to eliminate the organization, CUMHURIYET reported. Russia, China, Iran, and Syria objected to the plan, said TURKIYE.
Regarded as a key partner in fight against IS, Turkey did not sign the communique but has yet to give an official explanation, MILLIYET said.
Pointing to the "efforts of the U.S. in order to get Turkey's support for combating ISIL militants", AKSAM ran the headline "White House moved to Ankara".
The daily stressed the "ally intimacy" shown by U.S. President Barack Obama at a NATO summit in Wales last week, as well as the visit of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to Ankara on Monday to formulate a joint strategy – involving Turkey – to end the IS.
"Tough visitor" said HURRIYET pointing to the visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Ankara on Friday and Saturday.
Kerry is expected to hold meetings with the president, prime minister and foreign minister of Turkey, the country's foreign ministry announced Thursday.
HURRIYET said his visit will mean a "tough bargain" (over Turkey's decision whether to agree on air and ground attacks against IS).
HABER TURK claimed that Kerry is coming to ask for Turkish support for U.S. action against the militants.
"Ankara has the answer" said YENI SAFAK, reporting that the Turkish authorities will tell Kerry that they will absolutely not join in a ground operation against the group.
Turkey will only provide logistical support, the paper claimed.
VATAN said Turkey will be ready for any humanitarian support. According to the paper, the country does not want to take part in any air or ground attacks against IS, so as not to risk the lives of 49 of its citizens who were taken hostage by IS militants three months ago.
AKSAM added that Turkey is also concerned that the outlawed Kurdish PKK group may seize international weapons meant for use against IS in Iraq.
The U.S. plan includes: air strikes against IS militants both in Iraq and Syria; sending additional military personnel to Iraq in order to support local forces with training and equipment; stopping financial support to IS; and doing more to protect the Ezidi minority which is under threat from IS, HEBER TURK reported.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Eylül 2014, 10:55