Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly focus on Ankara's criticism of top US diplomat John Kerry's views on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad plus the groundbreaking ceremony for the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline.


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Turkish dailies on Wednesday covered Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s reaction to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s view on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a ceremony for the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, plus developments on a Turkish outbreak of so-called "swine flu" that killed at least 11 people.

“A handshake with Assad is no different with handshake with (Adolf) Hitler,” was YENI SAFAK’s title, saying that Davutoglu criticized John Kerry's remarks about negotiating with Syria's Bashar al-Assad. The Turkish premier said that the memory of human conscience would not forget if the West shook hands with Assad.

In an interview with the American network CBS News on Sunday, Kerry said that Washington would have to negotiate with Damascus to find a solution to the Syria crisis.

In related news, YENI SAFAK reported that a young British woman, who was allegedly bound for Syria to join Daesh, was detained on Tuesday at a bus station in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The daily said the woman is going to be deported. This incident comes on the heels of another case where three British males were deported from Turkey last weekend after allegedly trying to cross into Syria to join Daesh.

Turkish dailies covered the groundbreaking ceremony of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline. “First step on silk road of energy,” was DUNYA’s title. The financial paper said this pipeline would strengthen Turkey’s role as an energy hub country.

TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea, passing through Turkish territory, and entering into western Greece. The pipeline will then travel to Albania and then to Italy in order to reach Europe. When completed, TANAP will carry around 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Europe.

“Groundbreaking ceremony at border,” was VATAN’s title while STAR used the headline: “Peace line.”

In financial news “Turkish Central Bank left all key interest rates unchanged,” was VATAN’s story. DUNYA reported the bank’s move was in line with markets’ expectation.

Interest rates have been a topic of heated controversy between the government and the central bank since early this year, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the bank for keeping interest rates high. The rates were limiting economic growth, Erdogan has said on a number of occasions. Erdogan, however, met with Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci on March 11, and expressed "sensitivity" to interest rate issues.

In health news, HABERTURK reported that 11 people in Turkey lost their lives due to the H1N1 virus while five others died from H3N1. ZAMAN reported there is no swine flu outbreak in the country.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mart 2015, 11:38