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Turkey Letter: 29 January 2018

Foreign Policy:

  • US picked the wrong partner, Ankara criticizes Washington in New York Times article
  • The Latest: Turkey Says 2 Soldiers Killed in Afrin Push
  • Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border
  • Turkey says US statement on Erdoğan-Trump phone call ‘not true’
  • Turkey, Austria work to ‘improve atmosphere’ despite EU spat
  • U.S. in Talks with Turkey About Creating Security Zone in Syria: Pentagon
  • In call, Trump issues stern warning to Turkey over Syria operation

Economy and Energy:

  • Turkish exporters urge government to provide incentives to reduce dependency on imported materials
  • Turkish gov’t set to take measures to curb foreign currency debt risks of big companies: Deputy PM
  • Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Şimşek calls for investment in Turkey at Davos

Domestic Politics:

  • Turkish judiciary under the AKP’s control: CHP leader
  • New election law may keep 10 pct threshold
  • AKP ‘uncomfortable’ with CHP’s support for Afrin operation: CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu
  • Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey’s ‘unwanted’ meddling

Foreign Policy:

 

US picked the wrong partner, Ankara criticizes Washington in New York Times article

The U.S. has chosen the wrong partner in the war against terrorism in Syria by supporting the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria despite its NATO ally Turkey’s warnings, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said.

Hürriyet Dailey News, US picked the wrong partner, Ankara criticizes Washington in New York Times article, January 29, 2018


The Latest: Turkey Says 2 Soldiers Killed in Afrin Push

The Turkish military has said that two Turkish soldiers and two allied Syrian opposition fighters were killed in a military offensive against a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria.

The New York Times, The Latest: Turkey Says 2 Soldiers Killed in Afrin Push, January 27, 2018


Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on the 26th to expand Ankara’s operation in a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.

Washington Post, Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border, January 26, 2018


Turkey says US statement on Erdoğan-Trump phone call ‘not true’

The White House’s written statement differs from what was actually discussed in a phone conversation between the Turkish and U.S. presidents late on Jan. 24, according to Turkish sources.

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey says US statement on Erdoğan-Trump phone call ‘not true’, January 25, 2018


Turkey, Austria work to ‘improve atmosphere’ despite EU spat

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Austria have met in Istanbul in a bid to mend fences following a tumultuous year, which saw Austria call for the end of Turkey’s European Union membership talks and ban Turkish ministers from holding campaign rallies there.

Washington Post, Turkey, Austria work to ‘improve atmosphere’ despite EU spat, January 25, 2018


U.S. in Talks with Turkey About Creating Security Zone in Syria: Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Thursday it was in talks with Turkey about the possibility of creating a security zone in northwest Syria, despite the Turkish foreign minister saying earlier in the day it would not be right to discuss such a zone until trust issues between the two countries are resolved.

The New York Times, U.S. in Talks with Turkey About Creating Security Zone in Syria: Pentagon, January 25, 2018


In call, Trump issues stern warning to Turkey over Syria operation

President Trump urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the 22nd to scale back his country’s assault on Kurdish positions in Syria, signaling mounting American anxiety that Ankara’s latest military foray will jeopardize the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State and undermine hopes for peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria.

Washington Post, In call, Trump issues stern warning to Turkey over Syria operation, January 24, 2018


 

Economy and Energy:

 

Turkish exporters urge government to provide incentives to reduce dependency on imported materials

Turkish exporters expect the government to provide incentives to encourage domestic production of certain intermediate goods and raw materials that could help Turkey reduce its dependence on these goods, the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM) chair Mehmet Büyükekşi told state-run Anadolu Agency on Jan. 29.

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish exporters urge government to provide incentives to reduce dependency on imported materials, January 29, 2018

 

Turkish gov’t set to take measures to curb foreign currency debt risks of big companies: Deputy PM

The Turkish government is set to announce a series of measures to curb risks which have resulted from high level of debts of big companies on foreign currencies, a top official has said.

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish gov’t set to take measures to curb foreign currency debt risks of big companies: Deputy PM, January 28, 2018

 

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Şimşek calls for investment in Turkey at Davos

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek made calls for investment in Turkey while addressing a meeting late on Jan. 25 in Davos, Switzerland.

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Şimşek calls for investment in Turkey at Davos, January 26, 2018


Domestic Politics:

 

Turkish judiciary under the AKP’s control: CHP leader

Turkey’s judicial system has been taken over by the political authority, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, claiming that members of the judiciary “are being given orders” by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish judiciary under the AKP’s control: CHP leader, January 28, 2018


New election law may keep 10 pct threshold

A draft law making changes to the current electoral regulations may see that Turkey’s current 10 percent national election threshold is also valid for the alliance formed between political parties in the country, sources have revealed.

Hürriyet Daily News, New election law may keep 10 pct threshold, January 28, 2018


AKP ‘uncomfortable’ with CHP’s support for Afrin operation: CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu

The Turkish government is “uncomfortable” with the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) support for Turkey’s ongoing “Operation Olive Branch” in Syria’s Afrin district, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Jan. 26.

Hürriyet Daily News, AKP ‘uncomfortable’ with CHP’s support for Afrin operation: CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu, January 26, 2018


Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey’s ‘unwanted’ meddling

Several thousand Turkish Cypriots marched Friday against what they say is Turkey’s unwanted influence that has emboldened hard-right groups to try and silence opposing views.

The Washington Post, Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey’s ‘unwanted’ meddling, January 26, 2018