Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Istanbul on Sept. 22, Iranian state-run Mehr news agency said.
Turkish authorities on Sept. 7 detained Iranian activist Maryam Shariatmadari on the grounds that "her visa had expired," but a day later released her. Shariatmadari fled Iran in 2018, a year after she was sentenced to prison for her vocal criticism of the country's hijab mandate.
Erdoğan is now threading the road the Arab regimes did during the 1960s and 1970s. His superior services to the Israeli and U.S. interests provide an immunity to the special agenda “print out” centered on Palestine.
Turkey expects its energy imports to fall significantly following a major Black Sea natural gas find and more discoveries could be made in another area now being evaluated, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Aug. 22 "There is a new area of 6,000 square kilometres ahead of us. The evaluation of our experts is that we may see similar structures there too," he said in Istanbul.
Now, the majority of Arab countries believe that the Palestinian cause has turned into a tool for Turkey and Iran to penetrate into the region. For many of them, Palestine is a burden anyway. More than a couple of them are ready to let go of the cause if there is no pressure from the street.
Serdar Korucu writes: One of the topics that comes to mind when recalling the Ottoman legacy in Lebanon is the Armenian Genocide. Among the most important symbolic structures carrying the traces of 1915 in Lebanon is the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias.
A pro-Taliban group has recorded a video at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, days after the site was converted into a mosque by the Turkish government. The footage showed the group chanting Islamic slogans while holding the flag used by the Taliban.
A Turkish army strike on PJAK militants in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in late June 2020 failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on July 22. “The Turkish military strike on opposition fighters in a resort area seriously injured several civilians and could have harmed many more,” said Belkıs Wille, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The death toll from a migrant boat sinking in Lake Van in eastern Turkey rose to 40, the local governor's office said on July 16, after nearly three weeks of search operations. Lake Van is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey heading west toward Europe from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has called on Iranian authorities to stop execution of three protesters, two of whom were last year extradited by the Turkish government. "Turkey handed these young people over to the Iranian security forces, in contravention of its international obligation of non-refoulment to a country where one faces death penalty and/or torture,” Kaboğlu said on July 15.
Until a couple of years ago, the Turkish government was proud to be a safe haven for refugees; however, shifting public opinion caused the AKP to lose votes. Iranian freedom fighters are among the ones suffering the consequences.
A lawyer from Van Bar Association Migration and Asylum Commission said that the death toll in the migrant boat accident in Lake Van is unknown. "Unfortunately we don't have enough information about the boat that sank in Van Lake over the weekend. The Van Bar Association hasn't received a public defender request for the boat yet."
There probably isn’t a journalist left on earth who hasn’t read John Bolton’s book, 'The Room Where It Happened'. Bolton first mentions Turkish President Erdoğan’s name on page 24. His impression of Erdoğan is not positive: Bolton thinks Erdoğan resembles the Italian dictator Mussolini.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that flights to Iran, suspended since late February to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will resume on August 1. Çavuşoğlu also said that Ankara is hoping to hold the Astana Summit in Iran.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry has issued a circular announcing that the country has opened all land, sea and air borders for passenger traffic, except for the land border with Iran.