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3 dead, houses evacuated by forest fires in southern Turkey

ANTALYA: At least three people were killed and dozens of people were hospitalised in southern Turkey after strong winds fanned two separate forest fires. A wildfire that broke out on Wednesday near the Mediterranean coastal resort town of Manavgat, in

PAF chief awarded Legion of Merit by Turkish military

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu met with the senior military leadership of Turkey during a four-day visit. The Air Chief arrived in Anakara and separately called on Minister for National Defence of Turkey

Turkey relaxes quarantine regulations for Pakistani travellers

ISLAMABAD: Turkish authorities have issued a revised policy regarding the mandatory quarantine requirement on passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to the new regulations, the quarantine period for passengers arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan has been reduced from 14

Erdogan launches controversial Black Sea canal project

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday launched the start of construction on a controversial canal aimed at easing congestion on the Bosphorus which critics say can lead to an environmental disaster. The “Canal Istanbul” is a gigantic waterway

FM Qureshi, Turkish counterpart discuss Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday met with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and exchanged views on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and withdrawal of international troops. The meeting took place on the sidelines of

FM Qureshi discusses bilateral ties with Kyrgyz, Uzbek counterparts

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a bilateral meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Ruslan Kazakbaev on the sidelines of Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey. Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke highly of the historical relations between the two countries and their

Turkey in Kabul 

The United States has accepted an offer from Turkey to secure the Kabul airport after the withdrawal of US troops. There are growing concerns that the Taliban could take over the nation once the Americans exit and create new security

FM Qureshi arrives in Turkey to attend Antalya Diplomacy Forum

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Turkey to participate in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. The foreign minister was received by the Deputy Governor of Antalya, Pakistan’s ambassador Cyrus

Erdogan offers cooperation after US troops pullout from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in

Pakistan, Turkey vow to raise Palestine issue at global stage

ISLAMABAD: The leaders of Pakistan and Turkey have vowed to work together especially at the United Nations to jointly mobilize the international community to help stop Israel’s attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Gaza. Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone

Framing Turkey for Armenian ‘genocide’

United States President Joe Biden is briskly realizing his political promises made during his election campaign. No segregation, whether the promises were logical or merely politically motivated to win from the unconventional states for the Democrats. In the last two

Turkish President Erdogan, Saudi King Salman discuss ties

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed bilateral ties in a call on Tuesday, the second conversation between the two leaders in less than a month. Turkey is seeking to improve ties with the

Biden declares Armenian massacres as genocide in historic move

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has said the massacres of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constituted genocide, a historic declaration that infuriated Turkey and further strained ties. The largely symbolic move, breaking away from decades of carefully calibrated

Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan urge Taliban to remain engaged in peace process

ANKARA: The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey, and Afghanistan in a joint statement have urged the  Taliban to reaffirm its commitment to achieving a negotiated settlement for lasting peace in Afghanistan. A US-backed Afghan peace conference in Istanbul hosted by

FM Qureshi arrives in Turkey on two-day official visit

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday arrived in Istanbul on a two day official visit after concluding his tour of Iran. During his stay, he will participate in a trilateral meeting to be attended by the Foreign Ministers

Three-way talks on Afghan peace process to be held in Istanbul today

ISTANBUL: The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey will hold talks in Istanbul on Friday (today) after a wider Afghan peace conference was postponed because the Taliban announced they would not participate. The planned peace talks in Turkey were

PM Imran, Erdogan discuss US troops’ pullout from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wherein they discussed bilateral ties besides Afghan peace process in wake of recently announced planned US withdrawal. The two leaders exchanged felicitations on the advent

Turkey to host ten-day Afghanistan peace summit

ANKARA: Turkey will host a peace summit for Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 meant to jump-start efforts to end the war and sketch out a possible political settlement, Turkish authorities said. The meeting would include the United Nations

Turkey, EU blame each other in ‘sofagate’ row

ANKARA: Turkey and the EU blamed each other for seating arrangements that left European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen without a chair during a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader received a torrent of criticism after

Turkey detains 10 retired admirals over declaration

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Monday detained 10 former admirals after a group of more than 100 retired top navy officers issued a statement government officials tied to Turkey’s history of military coups. The state-run news agency said the 10 retired

Five sentenced to life in Turkey for Russian envoy’s murder

ANKARA: A Turkish court has imposed life terms on five suspects over the 2016 murder of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara. The suspects were accused of links to the 22-year-old gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, who was killed by Turkish

ATATURK-XI: Pakistan, Turkey hold joint military exercise

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Turkey’s joint military exercise ‘ATATURK-XI’ commended in Tarbela to help in adapting the emerging trends in military modernisation and cooperation. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the opening ceremony of Pakistan-Turkey joint military exercise ‘ATATURK-XI’ 2021

Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan agree to enhance cooperation on national issues

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan on Wednesday resolved to enhance cooperation in various fields to support each other on all issues involving the three countries’ national interests. The resolve was reached between the foreign ministers of the three nations at

Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan to hold trilateral meeting tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan will hold the 2nd  Trilateral Meeting on 13th January in Islamabad. The 1st round of Trilateral Meeting was held in Baku in November 2017. According to the Foreign Office, the three

Turkey will break economic ‘triangle of evil’ with reforms: Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkey will bring in structural reforms to break the “triangle of evil” of interest rates, inflation and exchange rates, President Tayyip Erdogan said, adding he was determined to form a system based on production and employment. Erdogan promised a

Tons of gold discovered in Ertugrul Ghazi’s city ‘Sogut’

ISTANBUL (Reuters): Turkey’s fortunes have brightened after a discovery of a major gold deposit holding an estimated 3.5 million ounces (99 tons) of the precious metal valued at around $6 billion. About 100 tons of gold deposits have been discovered

Pakistan expresses concern over imposition of US sanctions on Turkey

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed deep concerns over the imposition of sanctions on Turkey by the United States. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan remains opposed to the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against any country

US imposes sanctions on Turkey over Russian arms purchase

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey’s military procurement agency after the NATO ally defiantly bought Russia’s S-400 air defense system. “Today’s action sends a clear signal that the United States will fully implement (US law) and will

Erdogan accepts son-in-law’s resignation as finance minister

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accepted the resignation of his finance minister and son-in-law Berat Albayrak, a day after he abruptly resigned from his post. Turkey appointed former deputy prime minister Lutfi Elvan as its treasury and finance minister.

First mosque in Athens opens doors to worshipers

ATHENS: The first mosque in the Greek capital, Athens, has finally opened its doors to Muslim worshippers. The mosque’s first prayers were held on Monday evening under physical distancing measures due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Greece.