Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has underlined its resolve to use all the existing democratic channels to ensure a rerun of the controversial referendum on the country’s constitutional reform.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in the referendum on Turkey’s constitutional reform package. With most of the ballots opened, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of president.
Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the “Yes” vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. They quoted Erdogan as saying the referendum result was clear.
Turks cast their votes in a referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.
U.S. fired missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for the alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad’s government on civilians, including many children.
“The Australian government received information to suggest terrorists may seek to target ANZAC Day commemorations on Gallipoli Peninsula,” Julie Bishop said.
Turkey, Iraq’s northern neighbor which has its own issues with Kurds and is in the midst of a crackdown on Kurdish militants, condemned the flag hoisting.
“Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground,” Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.
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“While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children on the move into Europe since last March, there has been an increase in the threats and distress refugee and migrant children endure,” said Afshan Khan UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.
“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.
“If you want, we could open way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.
Seeking to downplay the tensions with Bulgaria’s southern neighbor, Gerdzhikov said Turkey had tried to influence other Bulgarian elections since the fall of communism 26 years ago, and “now, there is nothing that is a way different”.
President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.
“If my going will increase tensions, let it be. I am a foreign minister and I can go wherever I want,” Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkish Foreign Minister said.
Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Turkey’s campaign in Syria is aimed at driving Islamic State from its border and at preventing expansion in the area by the YPG, which it regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency against Ankara.
Turkey, a major backer of Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, last year began cooperating with Russia in Syria.
“The operation to gain complete control of the al-Bab region has neared its end and the resistance of the Daesh terror group has largely been broken,” the Turkish military statement said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the reform will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past.