TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on SEP. 16

Tuesday's newspapers cover President Erdogan's official visit to Qatar - a close ally regarding the developments in the Middle East. Papers also focused on the new school year in Turkey and fresh gubernatorial appointments for the cities of Istanbul and Ankara.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on SEP. 16

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Most newspapers devoted their front pages to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's third official visit of his term to Qatar – a close ally regarding developments in the Middle East.

Papers also focused on the 16 million students starting their new school year plus fresh gubernatorial appointments for the cities of Istanbul and Ankara.

Arriving in Qatar on Monday, Erdogan and his delegation held a meeting with local officials following the Turkish president’s talks with the country’s leader, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin al-Thani. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group was on top of the agenda.

"Turkey and Qatar focus on regional security, stability and economy" said SABAH. The daily says President Erdogan discussed key regional developments, including the security threat posed by ISIL and steps to bolster both economic and strategic ties with the Gulf state.

Relations between Turkey and Qatar have developed further in the last couple of years, as the two countries found themselves on the same side regarding the Syrian crisis and the Egyptian coup. Turkey was one of the most vociferous critics of the 2013 Egyptian coup which ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi; Qatar was the sole Gulf state to raise its voice against the coup.

HURRIYET runs with the headline "Erdogan's critical messages from Qatar" where the Turkish leader added his support to around 30 countries and international organizations which pledged earlier this week in Paris to help Iraq against ISIL.

Newspapers also focused on Turkey’s new school term in the country as over 16 million students started the academic year yesterday.

A total of 16,400,000 students and more than 800,000 teachers went back to school on Monday. In Istanbul alone, more than 2.5 million students started school, causing traffic congestion in the city.

MILLIYET ran the headline: "School bell rings with innovations and problems". The paper says the Education Ministry will make some changes during the new term.

Fresh gubernatorial appointments for the cities of Ankara and Istanbul also made the headlines on Tuesday. According to YENI SAFAK and HABER TURK, the Istanbul and Ankara governors were changed on Tuesday and given new assignments. Former Malatya governor Vasip Sahin becomes governor of Istanbul, replacing long-running incumbent Huseyin Avni Mutlu. A former senior security-force figure – Mehmet Kiliclar – becomes governor of Ankara.

Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2014, 11:39
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