Monday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s upcoming Turkey visit and Sunday's reported Israeli airstrikes on Damascus.
The front page of AKSAM read: “After Putin, Cameron comes to Turkey.”
The daily said that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s announcement of an alternative gas pipeline through Turkey, by cancelling the original South Stream natural gas project through Bulgaria, has accelerated diplomatic activity in Ankara.
Putin made his remarks during his visit to the Turkish capital on December 1.
It was reported that Cameron will come to Turkey on Tuesday followed by Italian leader Matteo Renzi.
“Third guest will be from Britain,” VATAN says. After visits by Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Cameron at the country’s new presidential palace, the daily stated.
During his visit, Cameron is expected to hold talks with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
"This visit is not only important for Turkey-U.K. relations, but also for the peoples of countries and regions going through a difficult period," Erdogan said during the fourth Turkish-British Tatli Dil Forum on November 29.
Erdogan had called for intense cooperation between Turkey and the U.K. to take “stable, constructive and conclusive steps” in regional and global matters.
The recent reports of Israeli airstrikes on Damascus were another news item that newspapers focused on.
VATAN stated that tension had risen in the Middle East with the recent strikes. The daily reported that Israeli warplanes conducted 10 different attacks in an area near Damascus International Airport and some army positions on the Lebanese border.
MILLIYET also covered the Israeli strike on its front page. The paper said that there were no casualties after the attack and that Israel had yet to comment.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was aware of news about the reported airstrikes in Syria. "But we are not responding to it," ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahson told Anadolu Agency by phone.
Civil war has been engulfing Syria for almost four years now, causing the death of tens of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of others both inside and outside the Arab state.