Turkish dailies give wide coverage to President Erdogan's visit to US, especially his meeting with Vice President Biden in Washington


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Friday mostly covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the U.S., especially his meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on the sidelines of a global nuclear summit.

YENI SAFAK’s headline read: "Cooperation will increase", referring to the Biden's remarks about Turkey's anti-terror efforts against the PKK.

The PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU – resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015. Since then, over 350 members of the security forces have been martyred and thousands of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

The newspaper quoted Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as saying that Biden expressed his support for Turkey in its fight against the PKK.

Kalin said Turkey saw no difference between the PKK, ISIL and the YPG, the daily reported.

While Turkey designates the PKK, its Syrian affiliate, the PYD and its armed wing the YPG as terrorist groups, the U.S. recognizes only the PKK as a terror group.

STAR's headline read: "U.S. not thinking about Kurdish state", referring to Biden's remarks about U.S. support for the territorial integrity of Syria.

According to the daily, Biden said during the meeting that the U.S. did not want Syria to disintegrate.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

"They [west] left us alone" was HURRIYET's headline, referring to Erdogan’s criticism about Western countries leaving Turkey in the lurch in its fight against terrorism.

"We were left alone by Western countries. Our intelligence-sharing expectations were never met,” the newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview in Washington.

According to the daily, Erdogan said many European countries did not realize the importance of the terrorism threat and were not fighting against terrorism sufficiently.

Turkish president pointed out the neglect shown by an EU member state over Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, one of the suicide bombers involved in the Brussels attacks on March 22, which killed 32 people.

A day after the blasts, Ankara revealed that El-Bakraoui had been deported from Turkey last June after getting arrested near the Syrian border.  

Turkish dailies also covered Thursday evening's PKK bomb attack in southeastern Diyarbakir province.

HABER TURK covered the story with the headline: "Disloyal attack on police".

Seven police officers were martyred and 27 others, including 13 police officers were wounded in a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Diyarbakir’s Baglar district.

CUMHURIYET also covered the attack with a story headlined: "Police ambushed".

The daily reported that the attack occurred a day before Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's expected visit to Sur district of Diyarbakir.  

MILLIYET also covered the same story with the headline: "Bomb on police in Diyarbakir."

Friday's dailies also covered Turkish military's response to media news allegedly reporting on formation of extra-hierarchical mechanisms within the Turkish General Staff.

HURRIYET quoted the Turkish army as saying in a statement that such baseless reports impacted the motivation of soldiers.

"It is out of the question to make concessions to any illegal formation and/or movement outside of the command hierarchy," the daily quoted the army.

VATAN's headline over the same issue read: "Claims lack rational basis".

"Discipline, absolute obedience, and the supremacy of command are basic in the Turkish Armed Forces," it said.

The daily further said Turkish army had filed a criminal complaint against those who made such baseless comments and news.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2016, 12:18
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