Government of Turkey

Turkish, Bulgarian foreign minister speak over phone

The Turkish foreign minister and his Bulgarian counterpart held a phone talk on Nov. 22, according to diplomatic sources.

Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Svetlan Stoev discussed bilateral ties and crossings through the border gates between Turkey and Bulgaria, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restriction on speaking to the media.


Turkish, US presidential aides discuss ties, regional matters

Turkish presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın and U..S National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan exchanged views on bilateral relations and regional issues during a telephone call on Nov. 19. 

The two officials spoke about political and economic relations, cooperation in defense, global and regional matters, the Turkish Presidency said in a statement.

Aegean Sea pushbacks divert irregular migration to Italy: Minister

Pushbacks in the Aegean Sea have diverted vessels carrying irregular migrants to Italy, Turkey's interior minister said on Nov. 19.

Noting recent reports of an increase in irregular migrant arrivals in Italy from Turkey, Süleyman Soylu told Anadolu Agency that the ships carrying these migrants were not coming from Turkey.

Turkish foreign minister meets European Commission vice president

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met on Nov. 18 with European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas in Turkey's capital Ankara to discuss regional issues. 

"We discussed with Schinas irregular migration issues in our region, including in Belarus," Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter.

Presidents of Turkey, Niger discuss regional development

In a phone call, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 18 discussed regional developments with Mohamed Bazoum, his counterpart from the West African country of Niger.

During the call, Erdoğan said that he places great importance on relations with Niger, Turkey's Communications Directorate said in a statement.

Greece accuses Sanchez of ignoring EU decisions after he agrees with Erdogan on closer defence ties, sale of aircraft carrier

Greece has expressed its intense consternation over the stance of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in seeking an upgrade of Turkey-Spain cooperation, particularly in the area of defence, at a time when the EU and the international community have condemned Ankara's provocations against EU member-states Greece and Cyprus and violations of international law in the Eastern Mediterranean.