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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 20 July 2015

Foreign Policy

  • White House condemns ‘heinous terror attack’ in southern Turkey
  • Ankara pledges to train Iraqi police in Turkey
  • Turkish FM welcomes nuke deal but calls on Iran to revise regional policies
  • Turkish President Erdoğan to visit Cyprus amid new talks

Economy and Energy

  • Early election in Turkey would prolong economic risk: finance minister
  • Iran accord to ‘fuel up’ Turkey’s energy sector

 Domestic Politics

  • Turkey Calls Deadly Blast at Suruc, Near Syria, a Terrorist Attack
  • AKP sets framework of its coalition protocol
  • CHP will continue its fight against corruption, even in coalition: CHP leader
  • Turkish PM Says Nationalists Plan to Stay Out of Government
  • Turkey’s ruling AKP vows to lower 10 percent election threshold
  • Turkish top court annuls Erdoğan-backed closure of tutoring schools

Foreign Policy

White House condemns ‘heinous terror attack’ in southern Turkey

The White House said on Monday it strongly condemns what it called a “heinous terror attack” in Turkey near the Syrian border that killed at least 28 people.

Reuters, White House condemns ‘heinous terror attack’ in southern Turkey, July 20, 2015

White House, Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Suruç, Turkey, July 20, 2015

NATO, NATO Secretary General condemns terrorist attack in Turkish city of Suruç, July 20, 2015
European Union, Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the terrorist attack in Turkey, July 20, 2015


Ankara pledges to train Iraqi police in Turkey

Turkey has pledged to train the Iraqi police force at a venue located in Turkish territory, but also called on Baghdad to restructure its army to more effectively fight against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Hurriyet Daily News, Ankara pledges to train Iraqi police in Turkey, July 14, 2015


Turkish FM welcomes nuke deal but calls on Iran to revise regional policies

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu has welcomed the lifting of sanctions on neighboring Iran after the recent nuclear deal, saying it will contribute to the regional economy and will have a direct positive impact on Turkey.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish FM welcomes nuke deal but calls on Iran to revise regional policies, July 14, 2015


Turkish President Erdoğan to visit Cyprus amid new talks

As the re-started talks on Cyprus gain momentum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the northern half of the divided Mediterranean island on July 20 to attend ceremonies marking the 41st anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish President Erdoğan to visit Cyprus amid new talks, July 19, 2015


Economy and Energy

Early election in Turkey would prolong economic risk: finance minister

Turkish economic growth would take a hit if talks to form a coalition government fail and a new election is called, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday, warning that the uncertainty risked delaying private investment.

Hurriyet Daily News, Early election in Turkey would prolong economic risk: finance minister, July 14, 2015


Iran accord to ‘fuel up’ Turkey’s energy sector

The international deal over Iran’s nuclear program will boost Turkey’s energy sector as oil prices will drop and gas imports from Iran to Turkey might increase, according to sector representatives, who predict that Turkey may even buy more Iranian oil than it did before Tehran was hit by sanctions.

Hurriyet Daily News, Iran accord to ‘fuel up’ Turkey’s energy sector, July 15, 2015


Domestic Politics

Turkey Calls Deadly Blast at Suruc, Near Syria, a Terrorist Attack

A large explosion at a cultural center in the Turkish town of Suruc, near Syria, on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded 100 others, the Interior Ministry said.  The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but the ministry said it was a terrorist attack. A security official at the mayor’s office in Suruc said there were suspicions that the blast was a suicide bombing.

New York Times, Turkey Calls Deadly Blast at Suruc, Near Syria, a Terrorist Attack, July 20, 2015


AKP sets framework of its coalition protocol

With Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu set to hold a second round of talks with party leaders this week, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) has already developed a protocol outlining power-sharing tactics as well as priority policies to be dealt with its potential partner.

Hurriyet Daily News, AKP sets framework of its coalition protocol, July 20, 2015


CHP will continue its fight against corruption, even in coalition: CHP leader

The decision to form a coalition with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will not mean his party will drop its fight against corruption, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said.

Hurriyet Daily News, CHP will continue its fight against corruption, even in coalition: CHP leader, July 20, 2015


Turkish PM Says Nationalists Plan to Stay Out of Government

Turkey’s nationalist opposition does not want to share power in a government with the ruling AK Party, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to his efforts to find a junior coalition partner.

New York Times, Turkish PM Says Nationalists Plan to Stay Out of Government, July 14, 2015


Turkey’s ruling AKP vows to lower 10 percent election threshold

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said his coalition talks with opposition parties will certainly include lowering the 10 percent national election threshold, but the level of the drop will be decided with any governing partner.
“The threshold will be lowered to 5 percent of 7 percent. This will be very good for the inclusion of all parties. Our ultimate objective is to lower it,” Prime Minister Davutoğlu said in an interview with private broadcaster NTV late on July 15.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s ruling AKP vows to lower 10 percent election threshold, July 14, 2015


Turkish top court annuls Erdoğan-backed closure of tutoring schools

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has annulled a law phasing out private tutoring centers, known as dersanes, whose prospective closure had been interpreted as a move against the movement of U.S.-exiled Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, an ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish top court annuls Erdoğan-backed closure of tutoring schools, July 14, 2015