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Newsline: Turkey summons Swedish ambassador

Turkey summoned the Swedish envoy on Monday after images that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and served as Kurdish militant propaganda were projected on the Turkish Embassy building in Stockholm, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. (https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Turkey-summons-Swedish-envoy-over-images-17601196.php) Anadolu Agency said Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where officials condemned the incident, called for an investigation and renewed a demand for Stockholm to take “concrete steps” against groups that Turkey considers to be security threats, according to Anadolu Agency.

Newsline: Turkey appoints new ambassador to Israel

After a four-year hiatus, Turkey has appointed an ambassador to Israel in the most recent step towards improving relations with the Jewish state. Turkish media reported that Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, a veteran diplomat who previously served as Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2014, was appointed to the position. (https://english.newstracklive.com/news/turkey-appoints-a-new-ambassador-to-israel-sc77-nu355-ta355-1257144-1.html) In May 2018, Ankara recalled its ambassador to Israel and expelled the Israeli envoy to protest the killing of several Palestinians by the Israeli military.

Newsline: Elon Musk’s Twitter verification fee becomes matter of international diplomacy

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told ATV he could “carry out some diplomacy” with Elon Musk. The president of Turkey said that he might speak to Musk to negotiate a way to opt out of paying for a proposed $8-a-month Twitter verification fee. Reuters reported the news, citing an interview with Turkish broadcaster ATV. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/turkeys-president-says-wants-discuss-105621447.html) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ATV he was considering talking to Musk about the monthly $8 subscription, which would give users a blue checkmark, the ability to post long-form video, priority in search, and fewer ads. The charge for Twitter verification “might be different for us,” Erdogan told ATV, Reuters reported. “We could carry out some diplomacy with him as well.” Erdogan, who appears to post regularly on Twitter, is verified on the social-media platform. This means Twitter has confirmed Erdogan’s account belongs to him.

Newsline: Turkey summons Swedish ambassador comedy TV jokes

Turkey summoned the ambassador of Sweden to complain about “insulting content” directed at President Tayyip Erdogan on Swedish TV, according to a report published by Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency. According to Anadolu, Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom was told by Turkey’s foreign ministry that the “impertinent and ugly expression and images” about Erdogan and Turkey seen on Swedish TV were unacceptable. (https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/272867103/after-swedish-comedy-tv-jokes-about-erdogan-turkey-summons-ambassador) Swedish News, which routinely mocks Swedish and international politicians, targeted Erdogan over alleged human rights abuses and ended the segment by shouting, “Long live democracy!” Swedish public service television is tax-funded, but operates independently.

Newsline: Turkey appoints new ambassador to Israel

Turkey has appointed a new ambassador to Israel, the state-run news agency reported. Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, a senior diplomat who had served as Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2013, was named to the post, Anadolu Agency reported. (https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-international/ap-turkey-appoints-new-ambassador-to-israel-as-ties-warm/) He takes up the position four years after Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and ousted Israel’s ambassador in protest of the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli gunfire during protests along the frontier with Gaza.

Newsline: Turkey summons German ambassador after politician likens President to ‘sewer rat’

Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned the German envoy to Ankara on Tuesday to protest over comments made by a senior German politician who likened President Tayyip Erdogan to a “little sewer rat”. “We condemn in the strongest terms the insulting statements made by Wolfgang Kubicki, the vice-speaker of the German Federal Parliament, about our president (Erdogan) in a speech during he Lower Saxony state election campaign,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement. (https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-summons-german-envoy-politician-140015574.html) Contacted by Reuters, Kubicki confirmed making the comment during an election campaign rally while trying to draw attention to a rise in the number of illegal migrants moving from Turkey along the so-called Balkan route towards Germany. “A sewer rat is a small, cute, but at the same time clever and crafty creature that also appears in children’s stories,” Kubicki said, citing the popular animated movie “Ratatouille” as an example. Insulting the president is a criminal offence in Turkey, where Erdogan and his ruling AK Party have held power for two decades.

Newsline: Turkey says Pelosi’s statements ‘sabotage’ Armenia-Azerbaijan diplomacy

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “biased” statements regarding the clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan “sabotage diplomacy efforts” and were unacceptable. (https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-says-pelosis-statements-sabotage-120621976.html) Pelosi visited Armenia this weekend, in an unprecedented show of U.S. support for the country, which has for over three decades been locked in conflict with its neighbour Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Twitter, Oktay also called on Washington to clarify whether Pelosi’s statements reflect the official U.S. position.

Newsline: Turkey aims to end Russia-Ukraine war through diplomacy

Türkiye’s aim is to end the Russia-Ukraine war through diplomacy, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. “We are working to end the conflicts in Ukraine through diplomacy and we are making every effort to ensure peace in our region and beyond,” Erdoğan said during the SCO, which he attended as a special guest, in a well-attended session that also included observer members and special guest delegation heads. (https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/turkiye-aims-to-end-russia-ukraine-war-through-diplomacy-erdogan) Earlier on Friday, Erdoğan held bilateral meetings with some leaders within the scope of the summit. On the sidelines, Erdoğan held a closed-door meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh. Erdoğan also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit. The two leaders discussed the Ukraine grain deal, the Syria crisis as well as bilateral ties.

Newsline: Turkey seen engaged in pro-active diplomacy

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who made official contacts in three countries last week, will continue his visits abroad this week. Erdoğan will first attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit to be held in Uzbekistan. Then he will travel to the United States to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Erdoğan held a Balkan tour covering Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia on Sept. 6-8. The SCO Heads of State Summit is to be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Sept. 15-16. There, he will meet with the leaders of member states and all eyes will be on his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Erdoğan’s next stop will be the U.S. where he will attend the 77th General Assembly in New York. Erdoğan, who is expected to address the General Assembly on Sept. 20, will give messages to the world on numerous critical topics from the Russia-Ukraine war to grain shipments, from the fight against terrorism to the tension with Greece. (https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/erdogan-to-engage-in-busy-diplomacy-participate-in-summits-this-week) A meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Erdoğan is also under discussion, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, with Türkiye-Russia relations, U.S. weapons and conflicts in Ukraine and Syria on the agenda. NATO-member Türkiye has sought to strike a balance between Moscow and Kyiv by criticizing Russia’s invasion and selling arms to Ukraine, while opposing Western sanctions and continuing trade, tourism and investment with Russia.

Newsline: Israeli envoy in Turkey sees ambassador appointment “within weeks”

The #Israeli charge d’affaires in Turkey said the re-appointment of an ambassador to Ankara could happen within weeks, while repeating Israel’s expectation that the Hamas office in Istanbul be closed down. In a roundtable meeting with journalists, Israel’s current top representative in Ankara Irit Lillian said the process of re-appointing an ambassador to Turkey was only a matter of “when and not if.” “I hope it will be on time and it will be just a few more weeks and the process will be over,” Lillian said. (https://news.yahoo.com/israeli-diplomat-turkey-expects-ambassador-121337710.html) Earlier this month, Turkey and Israel agreed to re-appoint respective ambassadors more than four years after they were called back, marking another milestone after months of improved relations. The two regional powers had expelled ambassadors in 2018 over the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the U.S. #Embassy in Jerusalem.