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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan favoring single-sex dorms stirs debate in Turkey

Source : AFP | 05 Nov 2013

Turkey’s conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy with weekend remarks in favor of single-sex dorms in the mainly Muslim but staunchly secular country.

“Female and male students cannot live in the same house,” the head of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) was quoted as saying by the Turkish press on Monday.

“That is contrary to our structure, which is conservative-democratic,” Erdogan reportedly told party stalwarts at a weekend meeting in an Ankara suburb.

Erdoğan says he refused to talk to Egypt's ElBaradei

Source : TodaysZaman | 19 Jul 2013

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he refused to speak with Mohamed ElBaradei, who was installed as the Egyptian vice president in a cabinet formed by the military after a coup, saying his refusal was due to the fact that ElBaradei was brought to the post by a military junta.

Some media reports had recently said the Turkish prime minister rejected a request by ElBaradei for a meeting. Sources from Prime Ministry had denied the reports, saying, “We have no such information.”

Turkey's PM says Israeli ties not to be normalized unles promises met

Source : Agencies | 24 Mar 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said normalization with Israel will not happen unless Israel holds up with its end of the deal and implements what it promised.

“When implementation [of Israel promises] takes place, there will be normalization [between Turkey and Israel]. But if implementation does not realize, they should not take offense. We are saying it very open and clear,” Erdoğan told the cheering crowd in Eskişehir on Sunday.

Turkey sends 30 wheelchairs to Niger

Source : Agencies | 15 Jan 2013

Turkey sent 30 battery-operated wheelchairs to Niger after a directive issued by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A battery-operated wheelchair was presented to disabled individual Abdulkadir Tahir by Turkish Ambassador in Niamey Hasan Ulusoy after Erdogan met Tahir during a recent visit to Niger.

Prime Minister Erdogan had met Tahir at the entrance of the hall where the Turkey-Niger Business Forum took place in Niamey.

Erdogan chatted with Tahir for a while and noticed that Tahir was using a manual wheelchair.

Russia’s Putin to meet Turkey’s Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss Syria

Source : Agencies | 03 Dec 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.

The visit follows a delay because of tensions between the two countries over the 20-month-old Syrian conflict and speculation that the Russian president might postpone his long-awaited trip due to a back injury.

Turkish PM says Israel committing ethnic cleansing on Gaza

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has lashed out at Israel and said that it is committing ethnic cleansing against Palestinians as Israel's air offensive against Gaza left more than 100 people, mostly civilians, dead.

Erdoğan, addressing his deputies in a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, said Israel is undermining peace and international law in the region and committing ethnic cleansing in the region.

“Israel is occupying Palestinian lands step-by-step,” Erdoğan said, adding that Israel is terrorizing the Middle East.

EU may lose Turkey by 2023, Erdogan says

Source : Agencies | 31 Oct 2012

The European Union will lose Turkey if it doesn't grant it membership by 2023, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

It was the first time Erdogan has given an indication of how long Ankara might continue down the path towards EU entry, and his comments came at a time of growing alienation between Turkey and a political entity it feels has cold-shouldered it.

Erdogan: Islamophobia should be recognized as crime

Source : Agencies | 19 Sep 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that Turkey recognizes anti-semitism as a crime, while not a single Western country recognizes Islamophobia as such Today`s Zaman reported.

Speaking to journalists in Sarajevo after a series of visits to Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Erdogan commented on the 14-minute trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," an obscure film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked violent riots across various Muslim nations.

Turkish PM says Syrian rebel win ‘closer than ever’

Source : AFP | Istanbul | 25 Jul 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Syrian opposition was close to victory, and warned that Ankara was ready to respond to any “hostile” action by the Damascus regime.

“We think that the Syrian people are closer than ever to victory,” Erdogan said at a dinner on Monday, according to the Anatolia news agency.

“This bloody regime in Syria is bound to leave sooner or later. What’s more, the ruthless killings committed in panic in recent days show the world that the Syrian regime is on the road to oblivion.”

Turkey, Russia to talk ties, rivalries

Source : Agencies | Moscow | 18 Jul 2012

A gleaming skyscraper rises from the ultra-modern financial centre in the heart of Moscow, dwarfing cathedral cuppolas and bombastic Stalinist highrises, a symbol of how far Turkish business has come in the former Cold War rival.

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