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Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, stressed, at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council held in Brussels, the importance of the consistent and swifter implementation of the Mali Peace Agreement.
End-of-the-year reports indicate that the Greek economy is moving in the right direction. Poll figures, representing the view of the man on the street, reports from institutions such as the European Central Bank, representing the views of the experts, and lower rates for Greek government bonds, representing the views of the market, agree: Greece is changing course.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Monday hailed the outcome of Sunday's conference on the Libya crisis as a positive first step, although he regretted the fact that the summit's conclusions did not reiterate the position of the European Union on the contentious agreements signed between Ankara and the Tripoli-based government.
Turkey is expected to post an economic growth figure for the past year, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak forecast yesterday.
"We will end 2019 with a historic soft landing in terms of gross domestic product," Albayrak said at a meeting with journalists in Istanbul, adding that inflation will keep being a major indicator for 2020.
Hayrettin Karaca, a prominent Turkish environmentalist, passed away on Jan. at the age of 97.
He founded the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA), the country's largest environmental non-profit organization, in 1992.
His efforts led to the establishment of Turkey's first private botanical garden.
A total of 2,402 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.
As many as 1,038 migrants were held in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ provinces, bordering Greece and Bulgaria.
Local growers shipped 4,000 tons of tea to 110 countries last year to generate $15.3 million in export revenues, Anadolu Agency has reported, citing data from the Eastern Black Sea Exporters' Association (DKİB).
Last year's exports marked a 15 percent increase compared with 2018 when tea exports stood at around 3,600 tons.