Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Turkey - Aspects of Foreign Policy

Last UPDATE: October 23

After criticizing the deposition of Egypt's elected president Mohammad Morsy in the first place, Turkey's prime minister Erdogan now finds a softer stance towards Cairo while his policy towards Palestine is shifting in favour of the Ramallah administration and which is dominated by the "Fatah" movement. As a consequence, the Ghaza administration, dominated by supporters of the radical Islamic "Hamas" movement, is losing influence in Ankara as Hamas leader Hanya now has to realize.

Hanya (left) meeting with Erdogan.

أردوغان يمنع هنية من الاعتذار لمصر و المصالحة مع فتح

Erdogan opposes Hanya with an excuse for Egypt and a reconciliation with Fatah.

القاهرة (مصر) - القدس - كشفت مصادر فلسطينية النقاب عن أن رئيس الوزراء التركى رجب طيب أردوغان منع إسماعيل هنية رئيس حكومة "حماس" في غزة من تقديم مبادرات محددة الملامح لتحقيق المصالحة مع حركة "فتح" و تحسين العلاقات مع مصر.ـ

Cairo (Egypt) - Al Quds - Palestinian sources revealed that Turkish prime minister ... Erdogan opposed Ismail Hanya, leader of the "Hamas" government in Ghaza, with the [introduction] of definite initiatives [regarding all] aspects of realizing a reconciliation with the "Fatah" movement and an amelioration of relations with Egypt.

ونقلت صحيفة "الأهرام" على موقعها الإلكترونى عن المصادر, التى لم تسمها, أن أردوغان نصح حماس بالتريث و عدم تقديم تنازلات بحجة أن الأوضاع الحالية فى مصر و المنطقة لم تستقر بعد وأن هناك إمكانية لتغيير النظام المصرى الحالى من خلال الضغوط المتواصلة اتى تمارسها تركيا و قطر و التنظيم الدولى للإخوان المسلمين.ـ

The journal "Al-Ahram", while referring to [reliable] sources, reported on its website that Erdogan recommended Hamas to exercise restraint and [not to act] on the pretext of situations occurring at present in [both] Egypt and the [whole] region which are not yet stabilized. And [Erdogan said] there was a possibility of transforming the temporary regime in Egypt on the basis of continuous pressure exerted by Turkey, Qatar and the [national] organization for Muslim brotherhood.

[Source: Al-Quds القدس, Palestinian daily quoting Egypt's daily Al-Ahram on October 21, 2013]

Along with yesterday's Al-Quds article, I found another related text, published on August 20, 2013, by the Jerusalem Post: Erdogan blames Israel for Morsi’s downfall, Egypt unrest.

As to Turkey's application for membership in the European Union EU, here are the latest news published by Al-Jazeera TV on October 23, 2013:

Visitors from Athens (Greece) and Izmir (Turkey) at the border between Europe and Asia:

A visitor from Malta, living at the border between Europe and Africa. On the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, lots of migrant people from Africa get stranded on their way to a better future in Europe. On Lampedusa they are held in camps before being sent back to their homelands:

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