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Turkish dailies on Friday covered Turkey and Iraq's agreement to act in concert against the ISIL threat, and Turkish president's official visit to Algeria, as well as the claims by opposition leader Kilicdaroglu that the government is spying on his party

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On Friday, most Turkish dailies reported on the Turkish and Iraqi prime ministers' agreement to joint anti-terrorism efforts via more frequent consultations and intelligence sharing.

Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu met Thursday with his Iraqi counterpart Haidar al-Abadi in Baghdad, as part of his two-day visit to the southern neighbor country.

"We should work hand in hand," headlines HABER TURK quoting Turkish PM Davutoglu. 

Davutoglu praised the new and inclusive political atmosphere in Iraq, YENI SAFAK said and cited him as saying, "I do not differentiate between Iraq's stability, peace or tranquility and Turkey's."

Daily AKSAM says the two countries initiated a brand new phase in their relations, whether in the political, economic or cultural sphere.

The visit to Iraq ended the "period of stagnation," between the two countries, VATAN claims, that was prevalent during Nouri al-Maliki's stint as Iraqi PM . 

The daily says the Turkish PM promised the instant sharing of intelligence with Iraq as part of the joint anti-terrorism efforts. 

Most Turkish papers also covered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's official visit to Algeria -- his first presidential visit to Africa. 

Erdogan told the press that he and his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika had thoroughly evaluated the relationship between Turkey and Algeria in talks held Wednesday and Thursday, AKSAM reports. 

President Erdogan and his wife Emine also visited the Ketchaoua mosque in the Casbah of Algiers, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, the daily STAR reports. 

The Ketchaoua mosque, built in 1520 by an Ottoman admiral, is being restored by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, or TIKA. 

The Turkish agency will complete the restoration work in two years, YENI SAFAK reports, adding that 2016 will celebrate the 500th anniversary of bilateral relations between Algeria and Turkey.

In other news, several dailies covered the reports of the Turkish government directing the country's intelligence agency to plot against the main opposition Republican People's Party, commonly known as CHP. 

The party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu claimed Thursday that the country's National Intelligence Organization had been spying on his party, daily HURRIYET reports. 

"A certain group within the intelligence agency has been ordered to create trouble in the party and to weaken the party's image," the paper cites Kilicdaroglu as saying. 

"One of the efforts is to strengthen the perception that CHP is the party of only Alevis and Kurdish people," reports MILLIYET, again quoting the opposition leader, who means that the intention is for the CHP to not be considered as an inclusive party for all.

YENI SAFAK claims Kilicdaroglu is accusing the intelligence agency to cover his own failure in uniting his party members and winning the elections. 

Meanwhile , the daily STAR writes about a French couple who was stopped on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul as they were trying to get across on donkeys as part of their world tour trip. 

For the last four years, 29-year-old Morgane Lefevre and her 33-year-old husband David Lefevre  travelled a total 11,000 kilometers. 

On their way back to France, the couple arrived in Turkey on donkeys. In Istanbul, they first tried to cross to the European side of the city by ferry, but they were rebuffed, as donkeys are "not allowed." The attempt to cross via the Bosphorus bore the same result.

The Bosphorus Bridge is open to only vehicles, except for the Istanbul marathon when thousands of people come together for the only intercontinental running race in the world. 

 

Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2014, 13:23
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