Faruk Loğoğlu writes: Let us remember the diplomatic breakthroughs triggered by disparate unrelated events in the world. The Ping-Pong diplomacy started with an invitation by China of an American ping-pong team in 1971. Turkish-Greek relations took a turn for the better after the two successive earthquakes in 1999. Today, Syria needs help to fight COVID-19. Turkey should be a leading partner in this humanitarian endeavor.
Vural Özdemir writes: An application was filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by a team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to test the plasma obtained from consenting COVID-19 survivors’ blood. If proven safe and effective, it is of broad interest to Turkey and the world for COVID-19 prevention and treatment until vaccines and drugs become available. Results may be available as early as summer 2020.
The United States believes Russia has killed dozens of Turkish military personnel in the course of its military operations in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on March 17. Pompeo did not specify where or during which incident the Turkish soldiers were killed.
World-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Öz explained handwashing tips to slow down coronavirus transmission on an American late-night talk show. Dr. Öz said that most people do not know how to wash their hands "right" and showed a handwashing method which he named as “Turkish Twist.”
U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey did not rule out supplying Turkey with Patriot missile systems for the conflict in Syria's Idlib, but said that Ankara had to "clarify" its position on the rival Russian S-400s.
Turkey has exempted citizens of 11 European countries from tourist visas for visits under 90 days and no more often than once every 180 days. The exemption will be applicable for tourist travel and transit passage.
The U.S. Navy missile destroyer USS Ross passed through the Bosphorus Strait to visit the Black Sea on Feb. 23. As the vessel was making its voyage, the U.S. Navy mentioned the 1936 Montreux Convention in a tweet.
CHP U.S. Representative Yurter Özcan visited the area that the controversial Türken Foundation is constructing a student dormitory, saying that the area is New York's most expensive district. "We have revealed the construction plan of this dormitory. The first two floors will be hired to restaurants and shops. So the Türken Foundation will make major gain from them as well," Özcan says in a video he shared on Twitter on Feb. 25.
The five-person U.S. congressional delegation led by Kansas Senator Jerry Morgan visited the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) headquarters in the Aegean city of Izmir and the head of the prestigious Turkish business association TÜSİAD. More important than asking why such a delegation made up of these names came to Turkey at this point in time would be the question of why they have bypassed the capital of Ankara while they were in the country.
After more than three months of resistance, Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank has agreed to appear in the New York court to face criminal charges that it helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions. The bank is expected to enter its plea on March 3.
The U.S. State Department has extended condolences to Turkey following an airstrike that killed two Turkish soldiers and wounded five others in Idlib. "We send condolences to the Turkish government on the death of these soldiers. These attacks have now killed multiple Turkish personnel," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said. "We stand by our NATO ally Turkey against these actions."
Turkish Defense Minister Akar said the U.S. could send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to be stationed on the southern border in the face of ballistic missile threats from Syria, while at the same time Ankara plans to activate the Russian S-400 missile defense systems by spring.
A U.S.-led patrol came under fire in northern Syria after a confrontation with pro-Syria troops at a checkpoint and returned the fire, military officials said, in a rare encounter between American and regime forces. Syrian state news agency SANA said that a Syrian civilian man was killed during the incident and that he was among residents of a village east of the town of Qamishli.
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın and U.S. Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey highlighted during their meeting on Feb. 12 that Idlib deal must be upheld and the Syrian regime attacks need to stop as soon possible for a political solution process to be initiated in the war-torn country, according to a statement released by the Turkish presidency.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey have extended their condolences to Turkey following a Syrian army attack that killed five Turkish soldiers in Idlib. "The ongoing assaults by the Assad regime and Russia must stop. I've sent Jim Jeffrey to Ankara to coordinate steps to respond to this destabilizing attack. We stand by our NATO Ally #Turkey," Pompeo said on Twitter.