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Turkey and the Levant

Stories under this heading cover Turkey as well as the Levant – a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean region of Western Asia, consisting of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

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Rumi goes virtual

Rumi goes virtual

The 747th anniversary of the death of the most important Sufi mystic and poet in the world, Jalal al-Din Rumi was commemorated during the “Seb-i Arus” ceremony held on December 17 at the Mevlana Cultural Centre in Konya, in Turkey. This annual commemoration was this year held in virtual format because of the coronavirus pandemic
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Michel and Erdogan discuss EU-Turkey relations

Michel and Erdogan discuss EU-Turkey relations

European Council president Charles Michel and Turkish president Recip Tayip Erdogan on Tuesday (15 December) held a telephone conversation to discuss EU-Turkey relations in view of recent decisions by EU leaders to maintain pressure on Ankara over its energy exploration policy in the East Mediterranean.
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New round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week

New round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week

A new round of UN-mediated Syrian peace talks are starting this week in Geneva to agree on national principles before drafting a new constitution. Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, has been pushing towards revising Syria's constitution as a step towards ending the country's nine-year-old civil war.
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Turkish and Saudi foreign ministers hold "sincere meeting"

Turkish and Saudi foreign ministers hold "sincere meeting"

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he held a meeting with his Saudi counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues. Cavusoglu said in a tweet that the “sincere” meeting with Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud was held on the occasion of the 47th session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers.
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Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Sheikh Tamim goes on a shopping spree in Turkey, acquiring 10% of the Turkish Stock Exchange, and other assets

Memorandums of Understanding about the transfer of shares were signed on Thursday (26 November) during the visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to Ankara to participate in the 6th meeting of the Qatar-Turkey High Strategic Council