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All of the dailies covered Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arrival in US accompanied by his spouse and several ministers. He was greeted in a US military ceremony in Washington. "Like a head of state" headlined daily VATAN saying Erdogan would be hosted with Head of State Greeting Protocol in Washington. Referring to the meetings in US, daily SABAH said, "There are five topics on the table". The daily said Erdogan and US President Barack Obama would meet today and hold a joint press conference. The main topics to be discussed during the meetings are Syria, Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, and trade issues.
-Kilicdaroglu roasted by Socialist Democrats in the European Parliament-
Most of the dailies covered main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's comparison of Erdogan with Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Daily TURKIYE published "The socialist shock to Kilicdaroglu in Brussels" explaining Kilicdaroglu was rejected after his comments on Erdogan drawing a parallel between him and Assad. The daily quoted Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, as saying "Erdogan cannot be compared with Assad." The daily also cited Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis as saying "the CHP is treated how it deserves abroad." Pointing to the tension between Kilicdaroglu and Swoboda, daily HURRIYET headlined "Assad quarrel in Brussels". The daily quoted Kilicdaroglu as saying "It is only a difference of color between Erdogan and Assad. Both of them are oppressors" while citing Swoboda as saying "This comparison cannot be accepted in any way."
-No delays in THY strike-
Dailies also covered the union strike at Turkish Airlines (THY) saying there were no delays and most of the staff were on duty. Daily SABAH said the strike failed as the pilots refused to go on strike. HAVA-IS, a Turkish union defending the rights of the workers at THY, hung strike posters around the airports and the THY directorate general. However as the Union of Airline Pilots rejected to go on strike, there were no delays of the flights.
-The claim that "Assad will escape to China"-
Daily TURKIYE headlined Assad would escape to China saying the preparations for his escape were almost ready. Reminding that Assad had already sent his wife Esma to Iran, the daily claimed Assad was about to flee to China. The daily said Assad, fearing that his end would be similar to Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi, asked China for official safeguard. Assad, according to the daily's claims, has transferred a good deal of his fortune to China.Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2013, 11:43