ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut...
Turkey slams French decision to mark Armenian genocide
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has criticized a French decision to mark April 24 as a day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide, saying France should "look at its own dark...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country could look "elsewhere" if the U.S. doesn't deliver F-35 fighter jets.
Mevlut Cavusoglu also said in an interview with private...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey is giving Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro its continued support and intends to deepen cooperation with Venezuela "in...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Friday his country is committed to a deal to purchase advanced Russian surface-to-air missile defense system, despite warnings from Washington...
Turkish, Greek ministers meet with ‘positive agenda’
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister...
Turkish, Australian ministers speak amid Gallipoli spat
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has held a telephone conversation with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Afghanistan has given $1 million to the main U.N. program for Palestinian refugees.
Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, Afghanistan's ambassador to Turkey, presented the donation on...
Turkey renews criticism of China over Uighur minority
GENEVA (AP) — Turkey has renewed its unusual criticism of China's treatment of its Muslim minority group, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu calling on the country to make a distinction...
Turkey, others to press for UN probe into Khashoggi killing
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and other countries will soon submit a formal request to establish a U.N. committee to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Turkish foreign minister said Friday.
Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after U.N. human rights expert Agnes Callamard said Saudi Arabia had undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death, which she described as a "brutal and premeditated killing."
UN rights envoy comes to Turkey to study Khashoggi killing
ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert has arrived in Turkey for a weeklong visit over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Monday.
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said they are also expected to meet Turkey's justice minister and the Istanbul prosecutor heading the investigation.
Turkey: time for world probe into Saudi writer’s death
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says the time has come for an international investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mevlut Cavusoglu told A Haber television on Thursday that the issue would be taken up with U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution, Agnes Callamard, during her visit next week.
The minister also suggested that many countries were trying to "efface" the killing to shield Saudi Arabia.
Turkey set for international probe into Khashoggi death
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey is preparing to take steps to launch an international investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In comments carried by state-run Anadolu Agency late Monday, Cavusoglu said Turkey had prepared the groundwork and would soon take the "necessary steps." He did not elaborate.
Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country.
Turkey says its Syria offensive doesn’t hinge on US pullout
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says a planned Turkish military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria doesn't depend on whether the United States withdraws its troops from the region.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with NTV news channel on Thursday that Turkey would take the necessary steps to thwart threats from the fighters "whether they (U.S.) withdraw or don't withdraw."
Turkey adamant on tough stance on Syrian Kurdish fighters
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey will not refrain from military action to protect its borders from what he describes as threats posed by Syrian Kurdish fighters.
The minister spoke on Wednesday, a day after Turkey rejected U.S. national security adviser John Bolton's demands for assurances that Ankara would protect U.S.-allies Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before American troops pull out from the region.
Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian and Turkish ministers agreed during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country.
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Turkey ‘determined’ to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it is working with the United States to coordinate the withdrawal of American forces but remains "determined" to clear U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters from northeastern Syria.
Turkey ‘collaborating’ with other nations on Khashoggi probe
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Turkish foreign minister says Turkey is working with other countries toward a possible U.N. investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking Monday during a visit to Tunisia, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is "actively" continuing its investigation and "collaborating" with other U.N. members. He didn't elaborate.
Turkey expects ‘concrete steps’ from US on cleric’s return
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during Sunday that Turkey has demanded the return of 84 suspects from the U.S., including Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric lives in Pennsylvania and has denied orchestrating the coup attempt.
Turkish FM calls recording of Khashoggi killing ‘disgusting’
BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says he has listened to a "disgusting" tape that allegedly captures the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
Mevlut Cavusoglu told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday, "I listened to it. He was killed within seven minutes. It was a deliberate murder."
Cavusoglu said he could hear the forensic doctor instructing others to listen to music while he cuts up the body.
Turkey seeks extradition of exiled cleric from US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's top diplomat on Tuesday presented top Trump administration officials with a series of big requests, including extradition of scores of people linked to an exiled Turkish cleric and a permanent exemption from U.S. sanctions for importing Iranian oil.
Turkish envoy calls US sanctions on Iran unwise, dangerous
TOKYO (AP) — Turkey's top diplomat on Tuesday criticized the U.S. resumption of sanctions on Iran as unilateral, not wise and dangerous, calling for a dialogue and engagement instead.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tokyo for talks with Japanese leaders, told reporters that Turkey opposes sanctions because they don't achieve results.
The Latest: Turkish envoy calls US sanctions on Iran unwise
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iran after the re-imposition of all American sanctions on the country on Monday (all times local):
Turkey's top diplomat has criticized the U.S. resumption of sanctions on Iran as unilateral, not wise and dangerous, calling for a dialogue and compromise.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Tokyo for talks with Japanese leaders, told reporters Tuesday that Turkey opposes sanctions because they don't achieve results.
Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he expects Albania to close all businesses owned by Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Ankara blames for an attempted coup two years ago.
Cavusoglu, in the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, said Ankara has formally asked Tirana "to close all the institutions that hold anti-Turkey activity in Albania," considering them "a serious threat for Turkey and Albania too."
Turkey to reopen its consulates in Iraq’s Basra and Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country will reopen its consulates in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Mosul and pursue deeper economic and commercial ties with its neighbor.
Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Iraq on Thursday to meet with newly appointed President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Turkey exported more than $9 billion in goods to Iraq in 2017.
Turkey says ‘Nazi remnant’ dispute with Dutch has ended
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says the country is working with the Netherlands to end diplomatic tensions and that the days when Ankara described Dutch policies as "Nazi remnants" are behind them.
NATO members concerned about Russia “military posturing”
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania, Turkey and Poland have expressed concern about what they call Russia's "increasing and visible offensive military posturing," near NATO borders.
The foreign ministers of the three NATO members on the eastern flank issued a statement condemning "the repeated violation of NATO airspace, the continued military buildup in Crimea and Kaliningrad" and "continued violation of obligations and commitments on arms control."
Turkey criticizes Greece for granting asylum to servicemen
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has bemoaned Greece's decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey's 2016 failed coup.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if the tables were reversed, Turkey would never "shelter" coup-plotters acting against Greece.
Cavusoglu made the comments Tuesday during a visit by his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, who was in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir to inaugurate the renovated Greek Consulate building.
Turkey’s Erdogan, Iranian FM meet to discuss Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to discuss developments in Syria in a previously unannounced meeting.
The two men met on Wednesday at the headquarters of Erdogan's ruling party, according to video footage provided by the president's office. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters the talks would focus on "bilateral issues and Syria."
Foreign minister: Turkey to accelerate EU reforms
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister says his country will accelerate reforms linked to its bid to join the European Union, and that it wants the 28-nation bloc to respond positively to its efforts.
Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments Wednesday at the end of a high-level meeting convened to identify steps to advance Turkey's accession bid, after a three-year interval.
Lithuania: Europe can’t turn its back on Turkey
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Lithuania's president says that the European Union can't turn its back on Turkey, adding that "it's necessary to search for solutions to assist Turkey" to help curb terror threats and migration to Europe.
Dalia Grybauskaite said after meeting Turkey's visiting foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, that "Turkey needs Europe and Europe needs Turkey in trade, security, migration and other areas."
Turkey warns against Syrian govt offensive on Idlib
MOSCOW (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Friday warned against a possible Syrian government offensive on the last remaining stronghold of opposition against President Bashar Assad, while Russia indicated that it's losing its patience with the rebels.
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed Turkey on Friday for the release of a detained American pastor whose case has led the Trump administration to hit senior Turkish officials with sanctions and badly strained ties between the NATO allies. Pompeo also said he would be seeking the release of several local employees of the U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an American pastor detained in Turkey (all times local):
Turkey's justice minister has shrugged off a U.S. decision to impose sanctions against him and another Turkish government minister, saying he doesn't have a penny to his name anywhere outside Turkey.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken to his Turkish counterpart about an American pastor detained on terrorism and espionage charges.
It could be a possible indication the NATO allies are trying to ease tensions that flared this week after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would impose sanctions in retaliation. Turkey has called that a "cheap threat."