Geography of Asia

Turkish Foreign Min calls for de-escalation talks with Iran

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan reached out to his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday stressing Turkey's aim to avoid further escalation in the Middle East following Iran's retaliatory measures against Israel Saturday night.

According to Turkish sources, Fidan specifically conveyed that "Turkey seeks an end to actions that heighten tensions in the region." 

Wrong message

Greek diplomacy clearly did not handle the Fredi Beleri case well. Its contradictory messages and moves didn't help. With such matters, it is important to decide on the approach from the onset.

Terror attack thwarted in Cyprus

Cypriot security forces thwarted an attempted terror attack against Israeli and Jewish targets by a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Sunday, local media said.

According to reports, the attack on Jewish and Israeli targets was averted through the coordinated efforts of Cypriot, US and Israeli intelligence services.

UN envoy calls for secure return of Syrians

Ensuring the safe and dignified return of Syrian refugees to their country remains a priority for the United Nations, but the current situation in Syria means that the conditions needed for voluntary return will require some additional time, according to the Türkiye representative to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

VP Yılmaz, Finance Minister Şimşek visit UAE

Vice President Cevdet Yılmaz, Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek have traveled to the United Arab Emirates for a one-day working visit.

The duo will hold a series of meetings and will meet with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss cooperation opportunities between the two countries, said the Turkish Presidency's Communications Directorate.

The dangers of Turkey’s Blue Homeland doctrine

Expert Constantinos Filis joins Thanos Davelis to look at how Turkey's revisionist Blue Homeland doctrine is now central to Turkey's foreign policy, what this mean for countries in the region - primarily Greece and Cyprus - and why it's important for Washington to take a clear stance against this revisionism.