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Turkish dailies covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the "unity of Muslim world" delivered during a meeting in Istanbul.
The front page of Friday's HURRIYET quotes Erdogan as saying: "They do not love Muslims, but love their money" referring to countries in the West. The daily reports that Erdogan said no one other than Muslims themselves are able to solve the problems of the Middle East.
Erdogan was speaking at a ministerial meeting of the economic committee of the multi-national Organization of the Islamic Conference.
MILLIYET said Erdogan called on the Muslim world to take action over crises in the Middle East. The daily cited Erdogan: “The only conditions for overcoming the crisis in the Islamic world are unity, solidarity and alliance."
Turkish dailies on Friday also covered Pope Francis’s visit to Turkey on Nov. 28-30. Pope Francis will be the fourth pope to visit Turkey. The last to come was Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
"Three warnings for Pope" headlines VATAN, for the Associated Press story for the Pope's Turkey visit. The daily says that the press agency advised Pope of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the 1915 Armenian incidents.
According to the AP, praying at Hagia Sophia will spark debate, but praying at Blue Mosque will get a positive reaction. The U.S. news agency also said that the pope should avoid any remarks on the 1915 Armenian incidents.
In June 2013, Pope Francis had visited the Armenian Christians delegation and sparked a debate by saying that the massacre of the Armenians in Turkey was “the first genocide of the 20th century.”
AKSAM reports that the papal visit has alarmed the Turkish security forces.
According to the daily, the pope will be protected by 6,800 police in Istanbul. The pope's convoy will also be followed by Istanbul Security department with a helicopter.
Pope Francis is scheduled to touch down on Turkish soil at 1 p.m local time (1000 GMT) on Nov. 28, in Ankara, and to leave the country at 4.45 p.m. (1345 GMT) on Nov. 30 from Istanbul.
During his three-day visit, the spiritual leader of the world’s one billion Catholics will meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's top Muslim cleric, Mehmet Gormez.
The Supreme Pontiff will hold a Holy Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, and privately meet Istanbul-based Greek Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox churches.
The Pope will also visit the Sultan Ahmet or 'Blue' Mosque in Istanbul.
Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2014, 14:15