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Turkish Deputy Foreign Min assumes permanent role at UN office in Geneva

Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Burak Akcapar, transitions to a permanent role as the country's representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, according to Turkey's state television network TRT.

Previously overseeing key aspects of Greek-Turkish relations, Akcapar was involved in discussions with Greece.

Dendias announces €2 bln drone umbrella

Defense Minister Nikos Dendias has announced that 2 billion euros has been committed for the creation of an anti-aircraft and anti-drone canopy.

In an interview at the Beyond 2024 exhibition in Thessaloniki, Dendias said Greece must have a "sensible response" to Turkey's military buildup.

Erdogan postpones tentative White House visit, sources say

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan postponed a White House meeting with President Joe Biden, a source familiar with the situation and a Turkish official has said of a visit that had been tentatively planned for May 9.

Has Erdogan canceled his White House visit?

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor's chief correspondent covering major stories on the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, joins Thanos Davelis to get to the bottom of the rumors around whether Erdogan's White House visit was canceled or not.

Türkiye calls for Schengen visa exemption for entrepreneurs

Turkish Industry and Technology Mehmet Minister Fatih Kacır has urged the European Union to provide visa exemptions for Turkish young researchers and entrepreneurs, stressing the significance of this move in invigorating Europe's innovation and technology ecosystem.

A shade of gray

After a sharp exchange of occasionally harsh statements, primarily between the defense ministries of Greece and Turkey regarding the Greek initiative to establish a marine park in the Aegean Sea, it was announced that the long-awaited visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Ankara will take place on May 13.

Deputy FM due in Turkey for ‘Positive Agenda’ talks

Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis is set to land in Istanbul on Friday for talks with Turkish counterpart Burak Akcapar as part of the dialogue on the Positive Agenda between Greece and Turkey. 

Erdogan says he does not believe Hamas will leave Qatar

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he does not believe the Palestinian militant group Hamas will leave Qatar, where it is based, adding he had seen no such signs that Doha wished the group to leave, either.

German president pays visit to quake-hit Turkish city

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on April 23 met with a group of earthquake survivors in the southern province of Gaziantep, which was devastated by last year's disaster.

His trip to Gaziantep came as the second leg of a three-day tour in Türkiye, marking his first official visit to the country during his seven-year tenure.

Greek and Turkish delegations meet in Athens

Delegations from Greece and Turkey were meeting in Athens on Monday as part of long-standing efforts to improve often tense relations, days after Turkey voiced objections over Greece's plans to create marine nature reserves in the Ionian and Aegean seas.

Czech-Turkish park to be built in Prague

Turkish and Czech authorities have agreed to construct a park in Prague 6 (a district in the Czech capital) to mark the 100th anniversary of the friendship and diplomatic relations between the two countries, the municipal council has announced.