Eastern Mediterranean

Nearly 35 mln foreign tourists visited Türkiye in January-September

Foreign tourist arrivals in January-September rose by 98 percent from a year ago, while the country's tourism revenues in the third quarter leaped 27 percent, separate data showed on Oct. 27.

Including Turkish citizens residing abroad, Türkiye welcomed a total of 40.25 million visitors in the first nine months of the year.

Türkiye, EU to convene high-level business meeting after 3.5 years

Türkiye and the European Union will hold a high-level business dialogue meeting in Istanbul this week, after nearly three-and-a-half years in a bid to underline the importance of bilateral economic cooperation and amid Brussels' warning of circumvention of the sanctions against Russia.

Iraq unveils archaeological park with ancient carvings

Authorities in northern Iraq on Oct. 16 unveiled an "archaeological park" of 2,700-year-old carvings from the rule of the Assyrians, including showing kings praying to the gods.

The 13 stunning monumental rock-carved bas-reliefs were cut into the walls of an irrigation canal that stretches for some 10 kilometers (six miles) at Faida in northern Iraq.

Israel says ‘historic’ sea border deal struck with Lebanon

Israel's prime minister said Tuesday that the country has reached an "historic agreement" with neighboring Lebanon over their shared maritime border after months of U.S.-brokered negotiations.

Premier Yair Lapid called the deal an "historic achievement that will strengthen Israel's security, inject billions into Israel's economy, and ensure the stability of our northern border."

Ankara condemns US for lifting arms embargo on Greek Cyprus

Türkiye has strongly condemned the expansion of the scope of the decision taken by the U.S. in September 2020 to lift the arms embargo on Greek Cyprus, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has said.

In a statement issued on Sept. 17, the ministry highlighted that the country "fully supports" the reaction of Turkish Cyprus authorities regarding the decision.