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Atakum district of Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun. (Demirören News Agency)
Turkey is holding high hopes for the future in the field of congress tourism, representatives of the sector said on Feb. 17.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested over the weekend that a mosque in Athens should open with minarets if Greece wants to reopen the Halki Orthodox seminary near Istanbul.
During a trip to Turkey earlier this month, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited the shuttered seminary and called for a joint visit there with Erdogan next time to reopen it.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have once again met in the Russian city of Sochi to determine the fate of Syria. Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov gave an interview to Hürriyet Daily News right after the trilateral summit. Peskov answered our questions in Turkish.
Q: How was the summit?
The jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, was captured and brought to Turkey on Feb. 15, 1999. Turkey had taken the risk of going to war if necessary when it called on Syria to return Öcalan, according to a retired ambassador who was the deputy undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry at the time.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 16 that Turkey aims to reduce its dependence on foreign energy sources.
Speaking at a campaign rally for local March 31 elections in northwestern Edirne province, Erdoğan said that Turkey aims to maximize domestic resource utilization in energy.
Turkish police, gendarmerie and coast guard units conducted a "safety and peace" operation across Turkey, the Interior Ministry said in a written statement on Feb. 17.
Macedonian Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi will attend the vote in the Bulgarian National Assembly on his country's NATO Accession Protocol, reported the Bulgarian National Television.
On 15 February, the Parliamentary Defense Committee approved the Protocol. Voting is expected to take place on Wednesday - 20 February.
Turkish Fashion Designer Zeynep Kartal's designs, prepared with the fabric woven by Syrian refugees in Turkey, were showcased at London Fashion Week on Feb. 16