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Gojkovic meets with Tokayev

ASTANA - Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic met with the chairman of Kazakhstan's Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in Astana on Tuesday.

They noted Gojkovic's trip to Kazakhstan was exceptionally significant as the first-ever visit by a parliament speaker, and also the first inter-parliamentary visit, in the history of the relations between the two countries.

Russian President Putin comes to Ankara to talk Syria, missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Ankara on Sept. 28 to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a wide range of topics on the agenda: The Astana process on a cease-fire in Syria, the independence referendum held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and Ankara's purchase of Russian S- 400 missile defense systems.

Turkish FM criticizes Russian airstrikes on Idlib

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sept. 25 criticized recent Russian airstrikes in the Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib, saying the bombardments killed several civilians and moderate opposition members in the region.

Speaking a televised interview, Çavuşoğlu also warned that violations of the fragile recent ceasefire targeting civilians could put the Astana agreement at risk. 

Turkey's president, top soldier to pay separate visits to Iran

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will pay separate visits to Iran in the coming days amid rising tension over the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) bid to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25 and continued efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. 

Turkey, Iran, Russia agree on Borders of Syria de-Escalation Zones

Turkey, Russia and Iran have agreed Friday on the borders of the de-escalation zones, including the main opposition-held region of Idlib, at the Syria peace talks in Kazakh capital Astana, reported Daily Sabah. 

The talks will continue in regard to which forces will be deployed in Idlib, Turkey's official Anadolu Agency quoted diplomatic sources.

Turkey wants Idlib to be part of de-conflict zones in Syria

Idlib, a northern Syrian town under the control of various rebel groups, should also be declared a de-conflict zone, a Turkish presidential spokesman has said, just a day before the Syrian regime and opposition groups as well as Turkey, Russia and Iran are set to come together in the Kazakh capital Astana to discuss continued ceasefire across Syria. 

Brain drain to the West

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Islamic world "is losing its brightest brains to the West."
Erdoğan emphasized the importance of education when speaking in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where he opened the "Science and Technology Summit" of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).