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Turkey reiterates in clarifying the crime of journalist Khashoggi

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The Director of Communications of the Presidency of Turkey, Fahrettin Altun, declared through his Twitter account that his country is still in its efforts to clarify the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, who was a Saudi journalist and a contributor to The Washington Post, entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and never left again.

“By combining all our means,” said Fahrettin Altun, “we prevent this organized and premeditated murder from covering up. But the attitude of the authorized Saudis that overshadows the transparency of the prosecution process and the lack of sufficient efforts for the fulfillment of justice hurt everyone’s conscience. ”

Turkey will monitor the case of Jamal Khashoggi said the Director of Communications of the Presidency and added: “We reiterate our call to international society to adopt a common position in the face of this murder committed.”

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, pointed in June directly to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman responsible for the crime.

Meanwhile, MBS – acronym with which the future Saudi king is named – repeats how much interviewer he crosses these days, a phrase that has already become the plot line about his performance: “It is my responsibility because I was in charge, but I did not know anything”.

“The Khashoggi case is not closed, it is suspended in exchange for a bulky economic bill while the White House and its current tenant continue to consider that there is an economic benefit to extract while keeping the case in suspense,” said Haizam Amirah-Fernández of the Elcano Royal Institute.

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Turkey calls on Greece to let migrants into the EU

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“Greece! I call on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Greece on Sunday to “open its doors” to the thousands of migrants waiting on Turkish territory to enter the European Union (EU).

“Greece! I’m calling on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden”, said Erdogan in a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Hey Greece, these people will not stay with you, they will stay in another country in Europe, after passing through you. Why do you bother?” he urged.

“Hey Greece, I’m calling you, open your doors too and let them go to other European countries. There are 1.5 million refugees on our doorstep,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Ergodan’s statement comes after Greece accused Turkey of breaking down the border fence to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees.

The Greek government released a video on Sunday showing what appears to be a Turkish military vehicle anchoring a cable to the Greek border fence and then towing it down. The video was recorded on Friday night.

The incident is expected to increase tension between the two countries, after the Turkish authorities announced the opening of the border to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees to Europe.

With tensions escalating in the Syrian province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, Ankara opened its borders to the EU last week for refugees, saying it could no longer contain the flow of migrants from Syria.

The EU rejected the measure, calling it “migratory pressure for political purposes”, and called on Turkey to return to the migration agreement signed in 2016.

This pact provides for the granting of financial assistance to Turkey for the reception of refugees, the return to Turkey of all migrants who entered Greece illegally from Turkish territory and the reception in the EU of Syrian legal migrants from Turkey.

Erdogan announced that he would meet with European Union representatives tomorrow (Monday) to discuss migration, reiterating his call for more aid to deal with the millions of refugees Turkey is hosting from Syria.

The Turkish President will travel tomorrow to Brussels where he will meet from 17.00 GMT with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“We hoped to get much more support from the international community as far as refugees are concerned. Tomorrow I will meet members of the European Union in Belgium. We will discuss these issues,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkey is hosting some 3.6 million refugees from its southern neighbour, Syria, which has been in a civil war since 2011.

More than one million migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Asia, arrived in the European Union in 2015 and 2016 via Turkey and Greece, until an agreement between Brussels and Ankara stopped the flow in March 2016.

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Eastern Libyan Parliament breaks off relations with Turkey

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There is currently a duality of powers in Libya: the interim government, which controls the eastern part of the country along with the parliament, and the UN-backed National Accord Government in Tripoli (northwest).

The Parliament of Eastern Libya, as one of the powers controlling the eastern part of the African country, which has two divided governments, approved on Saturday the breaking of relations with Turkey, after Ankara voted on Thursday to send troops to that nation.

In addition, the embassies between the two countries were ordered to be closed and these decisions were taken unanimously by the Libyan MPs.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who commands one of the powers in the African country, and supported by the Libyan parliament, announced the general mobilization to resist the foreign troops before.

“Today we declare Jihad (holy war) and general mobilization. Weapons will be given to both men and women, to the military and civilians,” the military chief said in a video address.

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a plan to send troops in support of the UN-recognised Fayez al-Sarraj National Accord Government (NAG). Al Sarraj called for Turkish military cooperation to deal with the Libyan National Army offensive led by Haftar.

The approved plan gives a period of one year for the deployment of troops. The text does not define when it will be, nor how many troops will be deployed.

Haftar called the HLG a traitor for asking for Turkey’s help. “They signed an agreement of humiliation and disgrace with Turkey without any popular, constitutional or moral support,” he added.

Since the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been in the throes of a crisis generated by clashes between rival factions, the emergence of jihadist groups and mafias engaged in trafficking irregular migrants from Africa to Europe.

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Turkey and Algeria strengthen relations during Erdogan’s official visit

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Erdogan has said the situation in neighbouring Libya was the focus of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as part of his official visit to the African country.

“It was a fruitful meeting with Tebboune. We discussed the common steps that could be taken in areas such as economy, trade, investment, the defense industry and tourism, among others, and the cooperation between the two countries,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan pointed out that the situation in neighbouring Libya was the central theme of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

“It is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the spilled blood of our brothers in Libya and the overthrow of the legitimate government. We fully support the Libyan-sponsored political process under the leadership of the UN and the achievement of a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

After the bilateral signature for the creation of a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, the Turkish president said that Ankara will stand by Tripoli to prevent Libya “from becoming a playground for terrorist groups and warlords.

Erdogan’s visit to Algeria will allow the strengthening of bilateral relations from an economic and investment point of view, while several Turkish companies work in Algerian territory, mainly in trade, construction and services.

Melis Gulen

Melis studied Economics and Political Science at Istanbul Gelişim University before graduating and entering the workforce as an intern at the Turkish Policy Quarterly, where she has remained since. She joined Celaloz Turk as a part-time contributor and brings a great deal of knowledge and richness to our reporting. Melis is a Chess Fide Master (FM) and has a talent for puzzles and problem solving.

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