Davutoğlu to appoint activist as ambassador to Mogadishu

The Turkish government, which is preparing to reopen its embassy in Somalia, will appoint a leading member of civil society as ambassador to Somalia, officials said yesterday.

Kani Torun, a medical doctor who is currently the general director of Manchester-based Doctors Worldwide (DWW), will be appointed as Turkey’s ambassador in Mogadishu, diplomatic sources told Today’s Zaman yesterday.

Turkish FM on recent regional developments

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu cautioned that it was hard to ensure peace, not to win a war.

In a televised interview with the NTV, Davutoğlu said, ” Today, Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of the executive board of the Libyan National Transitional Council, informed us on recent developments in Libya. It is hard to ensure peace, not to win a war. Any failure and lack of political determination in this process could lead to bigger clashes. We think that new political structures should emerge on the basis of rule of law, transparency, democratic principles and human rights. And the transition process should be completed with peaceful manners.”

The foreign minister said that they wanted to resume Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Benghazi soon.

Referring to developments in Syria, Davutoğlu said, “there is a vicious circle in Syria. Syria should put an end to this vicious circle as soon as possible.” He added that Turkey was ready about any scenario. “Any military intervention is out of question,” he said.

Turkey announces first national jet project

Turkey has officially launched a project to build its first national fighter aircraft, according to a statement Tuesday by the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry, or SSM, and the Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI.

The project also includes the design and development of a training jet, said TAI general manager Muharrem Dortkasli.

“We are starting the project of developing a national fighter aircraft,” Dortkasli told and said: “Along with [state-run] Havelsan, Aselsan and Roketsan, companies from the private sector, institutes, and universities will contribute to the project. (…) This is going to be a national project.”

President Gül to receive greetings on Victory Day

Top state officials will meet at the 30 August Victory Day celebrations to be held at Hippodrome in Ankara.

Prior to the parade, a greeting reception will be held at the General Staff headquarters which will feature a first. President Abdullah Gül will receive greetings as the commander in chief, a practice fulfilled up until now by the Chief of General Staff himself.

Chief of General Staff General Necdet Özel and Commanders of Forces will also receive greetings this year.

Mr Gül is an excellent president. He is very competent and pleasant.

Turkey cooperates with China in fields on energy

Turkey has undersigned a deal to boost cooperation with China in several fields of the energy sector, including nuclear power and boron minerals. The five-year cooperation deal was undersigned by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Sources yesterday with a possibility of expanding the validity of the deal upon agreement by both countries.

Cooperation will be focused in fields such as nuclear power, boron technologies, renewable energy, thermal power, energy conservation, hydrocarbon exploration and production and mining technologies. Other fields of cooperation are production of solar energy equipment and hydroelectric power plants.

Davutoğlu goes on an eight-day Balkan tour

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu begins his 8-day Balkans tour on Friday.

Davutoğlu will pay his first visit to Kosovo as Foreign Minister after the country declared its independence in 2008. Kosovo’s stability and the political dialogue with Serbia are the items on Davutoğlu’s agenda. The sixth meeting of the Belgrade-Pristine talks is planned to be held next month.

Besides Capital Pristine, Davutoğlu will also travel to Prizren and Mamusa, where Kosovars of Turkish origin predominantly live. Turkey’s FM will inaugurate two Yunus Emre Culture Centres one in Prizren, and one in Pristina.

Davutoğlu will then travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and perform the Ramadan Bairam prayer with Bosnians of Turkish origin. Planning to have a meeting with leading political actors in the country, Davutoğlu will be conferred an honorary doctorate by Tuzla University.

Turkey’s top diplomat will then proceed to Romania and conduct political talks in capital Bucharest. Davutoğlu will be the guest of honour at traditional Ambassadors’ Conference in Romania, and address diplomats here.

After meeting Turkish people in Köstence in Romania, Davutoğlu will travel to Poland, the last stop of his eight-day tour. EU Foreign Affairs Ministers will meet in Poland during the Polish Presidency of the EU; this meeting is also known as Gymnich. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will represent Turkey at this meeting.

Iraq has to act against terrorism, Davutoğlu

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reacted harshly against Baghdad administration. Criticizing the understanding that operations by the Turkish Armed Forces are a violation of Iraqi sovereignty, Davutoğlu said Iraq has to finish terrorism on its soil or Turkey will have to conduct operations where necessary.

“There is nothing to be upset about that. What do we have to do other than intervene in this problem? It is not possible to sit and watch,” he said.

Speaking to a private TV channel, Davutoğlu answered questions regarding the agenda and reminded international support for Turkey’s cross-border operations. Davutoğlu said Turkey won’t sit idle against terrorism. “The same preference is valid for the regional government and for the central Iraqi government too. If Qandil, Hakurk and Zap are all a part of their territories, then they should come and clean terrorist organization on these territories.

Turkmen President: Turkey has crucial place in Ashgabat’s foreign policy

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has reaffirmed Turkey’s crucial place in shaping Turkmen foreign policy, in a talk with the Ashgabat coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), Kemal Ozcan. Berdimuhamedov stated that Turkmenistan and Turkey were united through historical and cultural ties. Ozcan stressed the importance of TIKA in the further improvement of ties between the countries.

Sabiha Gökçen named as world’s fastest growing airport

Airports Council International (ACI) has named Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport as world’s fastest growing airport. According to the ACI’s World Airport Traffic Report 2010, Sabiha Gökçen Airport had a 26 percent rise in passengers to a total of 7,889,829 according to 6,278,923 passenger in the first seven months of 2010.

ACI Report ranked the airport as the world’s fastest growing airport among 1,300 airports in 157 countries around the world. The report suggests that traffic at Sabiha Gökçen Airport jumped by 75 percent last year.

Brazil’s Campinas Airport placed second on the list, while an airport in South America’s Rio de Janeiro came in third. Forty-seven airliners launch flights to 68 international and 27 domestic destinations from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Turkish minister seeks tablet sellers in US

Microsoft and Apple, two global software companies, are willing to participate in Turkey’s Fatih Project, which will distribute 15 million tablet PCs to students in Turkey, according to Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan. “I met the senior vice president of Microsoft. They are ready to take part in the Fatih Project. Upon agreement, Microsoft teams will come to Turkey to cooperate with Turkish firms on the project,” said Çağlayan after his visit to the headquarters of the company in Seattle.

The minister later visited Apple, where he said: “I think that Apple is the most successful company in terms of innovation. It is Apple which designed many products such as the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod. The executives of the company are eager to cooperate with software companies in Turkey.”

Apple executives said the Turkish manufacturing sector could take part in the production of iPhone and iPad accessories, according to Çağlayan.

The Fatih Project seeks to increase standards and quality in education by using advanced technology such as electronic boards, projectors and a gradual transition to e-textbooks in classes.

Turkey’s first attack helicopter T-129 ATAK makes test flight

Turkey’s first national attack helicopter, T-129 ATAK successfully completed its first test flight at Agusta Westland facilities near Milan, Italy.

Senior Turkish and Italian officials attended the ceremony held Monday on the occasion of the test flight for combat and reconnaissance helicopter T-129 ATAK.

Turkey’s TUSAŞ Aerospace Industries, the prime contractor, and Italy’s Agusta Westland, a subcontractor will jointly produce the aircraft under a 2007 agreement signed for the purchase of 51 helicopters for the Turkish Land Forces.

Speaking during the ceremony National Defence Minister Vecdi Gönül said T-129 would be furnished with the latest generation chopper engine capable of performing in high temperatures and altitudes.

Agusta Westland CEO Guiseppe Orsi who said that he was pleased to celebrate the first flight of the world’s most advanced attack helicopter pointed out that the project T-129 ATAK was ahead of the planned schedule.

The helicopter will be equipped with avionic and weapon systems designed and produced indigenously and the mission computer and targeting, navigation, communication and electronic warfare systems will be developed and produced by ASELSAN, a leading Turkish defence company.

Istanbul never been this lucky to host Olympics (in 2020)

Turkey wins girls’ Youth World Championship gold

Turkey entered the history book yesterday when Turkish young girls crowned with the gold medal at the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World championship in front of 7.200 excited spectators who had a big role in supporting their team in a crazy final against China. Turkey won a hard-fought match against a valiant China team in straight sets in the final match of the 2011 FIVB Girls’ Youth World Championship at Baskent Hall in Ankara, Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the volleyball team by sending a letter to the chairman of the Turkey Volleyball Federation Erol Unal Karabiyik. President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek also sent congratulatory letters to the volleyball team. Previously, the Turkish team’s best performance in FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World championship was in 2007 when they placed second in the event in Mexico.

Another great news:

Erzurum to train future ice Hockey players

Within a project launched with this purpose, 50 children from 50 different cities of Turkey met in Erzurum.

Kids got familiar with the rules of ice hockey and made a beginning to the game with the guidance of the well-known trainers and sportsmen.

Various projects have been carried out to enhance the recognition of ice hockey in Turkey.

The facilities built for the Winter Games in Erzurum are hosting such projects.

Lastly, 50 students chosen by the ice hockey clubs were invited to Erzurum. World renowned trainers and sportsmen accompanied the young talents. During the training at Erzurum Ice Hockey Hall, professional sportsmen taught the kids the rules of the game.

“It’s so exciting. Here are players from NHL. I try to learn as much as I can from the professional players,” said a young boy.

Canadian Trainer Clemen Jodin said, “Facilities and halls are perfect. The Turkish state made a great investment here. It would be wonderful if they make use of it in the future. Our target is to make these kids use of their full potential with a good management of the process.”

German Sportsman Marcel Müller said, “Football and basketball were the only sports when you talk about Turkey. I never think of ice hokey. I was really surprised when I first saw the kids and the facilities. There are talented children and they did it quite good.”

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