Heavy fog led to a shutdown in vessel traffic in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait early Wednesday, Turkish officials said.
Marine traffic in the Bosphorus has been suspended as visibility between the southern entry into the strait and the historic Maiden's Tower is below a half mile, the Coastal Safety Directorate said in a statement.
All vessel passages were suspended as of 9.13 a.m. local Turkish time (0613GMT).
All local ferry lines in Istanbul were also suspended due to the fog.
In 2017, nearly 88,000 ships traveled through the Turkish Straits, making it one of the world's busiest maritime passages.
Turkey reiterates demand for US-exiled Fetullah Gülen
Turkey on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, the leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).Speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy residence, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said given international conventions and agreements the U.S. and Turkey have signed, some steps should have been taken by now."It is not possible for us to accept that there is still not any progress on this issue," he said.FETO and Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.The FETO leader has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.Ankara has requested Gulen's extradition from the U.S. several times.Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, including the military, police and the judiciary.The minister said more evidence on Gulen was submitted to the relevant authorities."We want the extradition to take place and the demands of Turkish judicial authorities to be fulfilled.”Turkey is closely monitoring the process, he said.Earlier, Gul met with U.S. Attorney General William Barr, saying the two men had a "productive" meeting and congratulated his American counterpart on his new post.The meeting tackled boosting judicial cooperation between the two countries, he said on Twitter.He told reporters that he hoped the meeting will "yield good results".
‘Turkey, Azerbaijan determined to boost cooperation’
Turkey and Azerbaijan are determined to strengthen cooperation in joint energy and transport projects, Turkish parliament’s deputy speaker said on Tuesday.Sureyya Sadi Bilgic, accompanied by a delegation from the Turkish parliament, met Azerbaijan's parliament speaker Oktay Asadov in Baku.Bilgic said the excellent relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan is vital for the stability of the region.He said Turkey wants resolution of Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.Karabakh -- a disputed territory between Azerbaijan and Armenia -- broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with military support from neighboring Armenia, and a peace process has yet to be implemented.Three UN Security Council resolutions and two UN General Assembly resolutions refer to Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe refers to the region as being occupied by Armenian forces.The Armenian occupation led to the closing of the frontier with Turkey, which sides with Baku in the dispute.Speaking at the meeting, Asadov stressed that the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan is at its highest level.The trade volume between Turkey and Azerbaijan climbed to more than $3.7 billion in 2018 and the two countries are aiming to take the trade volume to $10 million, Asadov said during the meeting.Azerbaijan’s investment in Turkey will reach $20 billion in 2020, he added.He also said that Turkey has been struggling with some internal and external threats and they believe Turkey will overcome all the challenges.Turkey, Azerbaijan always stand together: DefMin