Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday to discuss regional and international developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries.
Erdoğan was welcomed by Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad Al Sabah.
He was accompanied by a large delegation including his wife, Emine Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.
On Monday, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said Erdoğan's visit would provide an opportunity to exchange views on common issues.
According to an announcement by the Turkish presidential press office Saturday, Erdoğan will pay an official visit to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar from Nov. 13-15.
Regional and international developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries will be discussed in detail, the statement added.
Turkey backs Qatar in the Gulf crisis that was triggered in June when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar.
The four states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups -- allegations Doha denies, describing the embargo as a breach of its national sovereignty.
Erdoğan: Those who see no military solution in Syria should withdraw their troops
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Russia and the United States, without giving the names of the countries, to withdraw their troops if there was no military solution to the conflict in Syria.Erdoğan, holding a press conference at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Monday before his flight to Russia, criticized the joint statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Nov. 11 regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria. “The presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria,” the statement read.Stating that Turkey does not have any troops in the region, Erdoğan urged the two leaders not to resort to methods of deceiving the world, adding Turkey is the country that knows the region best.“The U.S. has five air bases in northern Syria. Now, they are preparing for Raqqa. Russia has five air bases as well. These facts are obvious,” he said.KRG thanks Turkey for aiding earthquake victimsEarthquake in northern Iraq, IranRegarding the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit northern Iraq and the west of Iran on late Sunday, President Erdoğan offered his condolences to the victims. He pointed out that Turkey dispatched its relevant aid agencies right after the quake.“A convoy of 50 trucks has entered Iraq through the Habur border gate, under the coordination of AFAD (Turkey's Disaster Management Agency) and Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent).”Erdoğan’s visit to Russia Starting from Monday, the Turkish president will pay official visits to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar accompanied by a delegation, as his first visit will be to Russia’s Sochi. “We are paying our visit upon my dear friend Putin’s invitation, as a return visit. We will discuss the recent situation in Syria, and determine what steps should be taken.”Erdoğan reminded that Turkey and Russia set their goal of trade volume as $100 billion, and said that most of the obstacles to the goal have been eliminated. The Turkish president said that he will readdress removing the obstacles to visa-free travel as well. “We hosted more than 4,000,000 Russian tourists. We are in close cooperation in energy. We will discuss regional issues, particularly the recent meetings on Syria. Our Idlib-centered meetings are significant. Together [with Putin], we will evaluate President Putin and Trump’s joint statement.”Putin, Trump agree to fighting Daesh in Syria, Kremlin says S-400 defense systems Additionally, President Erdoğan said that he will discuss some technical details regarding the S-400 defense systems during his visit to Russia. Noting that the two countries’ national defense ministers are addressing the issue, “I want to take necessary steps after activating the system,” he added. Kuwait, Qatar visit Erdoğan noted that he will discuss the ongoing crisis between Qatar and the Gulf states during his visit to Kuwait. He stated that he will fly to Qatar on Wednesday “where the deployment process of the Turkish Armed Forces is ongoing.” “This is an indication of the importance that Turkey attributes to Qatar and the Gulf region,” he added. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Yemen cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. They also imposed a land, sea and air blockade.A joint declaration accused 59 individuals and 12 charity groups in Qatar of being “linked to terror.” Qatar has called the move "unjustified" and denies the charges.Erdoğan set to head to Sochi for talks with Putin
Erdoğan set to head to Sochi for talks with Putin
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to head to Russia's coastal city of Sochi on Monday afternoon for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and other officials.He is set to depart from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 2.30 p.m. local time (1130GMT).After meeting Putin one-on-one at the presidential residence, Erdogan and his delegation will be hosted at a banquet that will be followed by a joint news conference.The leaders will exchange views on bilateral relations and regional and international developments, particularly Syria.The last meeting between Erdogan and Putin was on Sept. 28 in Turkey's capital Ankara.During Putin's one-day visit, the leaders stressed the territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria.Turkey and Russia, together with Iran, are the guarantor countries who brokered a December cease-fire in Syria, which led to the Astana, Kazakhstan talks that are being held in parallel to UN-backed discussions in Geneva to find a political solution to the six-year conflict.Later on Monday, Erdogan will depart for Kuwait to sign bilateral agreements.Following his visit to Kuwait, Erdogan will proceed to Qatar to attend the third meeting of the Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee.