Erdogan and Putin meet

Southeast Asian leaders are gathering in Indonesia for their final summit this year. But this gathering is beset by a number of divisive issues with no solutions in sight. Among them are Myanmar’s deadly civil strife, new flare-ups in the disputed South China Sea, and the longstanding rivalry between the US and China. Nicholas Morgan reports.

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Erdogan and Putin meet for grain deal, bilateral talks

A key deal to ensure the safe export of Ukrainian wheat via the Black Sea can be restored. That's the message from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following his meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Putin says he could return to the deal if Western sanctions against Russia are relaxed. Our Diplomatic Correspondent Hasan Abdullah reports from Sochi.

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President feels strengthened after National Council meeting

The President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulides, has expressed his satisfaction with the discussion that took place at the National Council meeting on Friday, during which he briefed political party leaders on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, in view of his trip to New York, noting that he feels strengthened in the effort to break the impasse and restart the peace talks.

In his statement after a national memorial service on Saturday, the President said that "I want to express my great satisfaction for the discussion at the National Council. I feel clearly more strengthened in the effort to break the impasse and restart the talks".

He also expressed his joy in relation to the upcoming tripartite Cyprus-Greece-Israel Summit. "I want to express my joy because tomorrow I will welcome the Israeli Prime Minister and later the Greek Prime Minister for bilateral consultations and also for the tripartite meeting, the first after the election or re-election for some, of all three of us, where we will discuss specific issues and there will be relevant announcements", he noted.

Asked if he is concerned that Turkey does not accept the EU's involvement in the process for a Cyprus settlement, the President said that whether Turkey accepts it or not the EU is involved in the Cyprus conflict. "So you can't change something that is a fact", he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Fidan to visit Iran for high-level talks

Türkiye's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hakan Fidan, is set to embark on an official visit to Iran on September 3, following an invitation extended by his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, as announced by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Both nations will hold high-level talks in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Minister Fidan's discussions with his Iranian counterpart are expected to encompass a wide range of topics, including regional stability, security, and ongoing geopolitical developments.

Moreover, the visit provides an opportunity for both nations to exchange views on regional and international issues.

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Turkish foreign minister discusses regional issues with Russian officials in Moscow

On the final day of his working visit to Russia, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Friday continued talks in the capital Moscow.

Fidan held a closed-door meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on X, without giving further details.

On Thursday, Fidan met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues, particularly the Black Sea grain deal.

'With the intense efforts and contributions of our country, the UN has prepared a new proposal package. We think that this will be a suitable base for the revival of the initiative,' Fidan said at a news conference with Lavrov, confirming the importance of fulfilling Russia's demands for the export of its own grain and fertilizer.

Fidan's two-day working visit came ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi.

Currently, Trkiye continues its efforts to revive the Black Sea grain deal and says that there is no alternative to the initiative.

On July 17, Russia suspended its participation in the Black Sea grain deal, brokered by Trkiye and the UN, to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports that were paused after the Ukraine war started in February 2022.

Moscow has repeatedly complained that the West has not met its obligations regarding Russia's own grain exports. It says restrictions on payments, logistics, and insurance have been a barrier to its shipments.

Ankara has been carrying out intense efforts for the restoration of the July 2022 deal and has also called on Kyiv and Moscow to end the war through negotiations.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Turkish FM Fidan discusses global issues with Russia’s Shoigu in Moscow

On the final day of his working visit to the Russian capital Moscow, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has continued to hold meetings with high-level officials.

Fidan on Friday held a closed-door meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on X, without giving further details.

On Thursday, Fidan met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues, particularly the Black Sea grain deal.

“With the intense efforts and contributions of our country, the United Nations has prepared a new proposal package. We think that this will be a suitable base for the revival of the initiative,” Fidan said at a news conference with Lavrov, confirming the importance of fulfilling Russia's demands for the export of its own grain and fertiliser.

Fidan's two-day working visit came ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi on September 4.

Currently, Türkiye continues its efforts to revive the Black Sea grain deal and says that there is no alternative to the initiative.

On July 17, Russia suspended its participation in the Black Sea grain deal, brokered by Türkiye, to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports that were paused after the Ukraine war started in February 2022.

Moscow has repeatedly complained that the West has not met its obligations regarding Russia's own grain exports. It says restrictions on payments, logistics, and insurance have been a barrier to its shipments.

Ankara has been carrying out intense efforts for the restoration of the July 2022 deal and has also called on Kiev and Moscow to end the war through negotiations.

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House President meets with Cypriot judge at EU General Court

House of Representatives President, Annita Demetriou, had a meeting on Tuesday with Cypriot judge at the General Court of the EU, Anna Marcoulli.

According to a House press release, referring to the recent meeting with the President of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg in the presence of its Cypriot members in June 2023, Demetriou expressed her appreciation for the work of the court as an institution that safeguards the Conventions, and praised the substantial contribution of the Court's Cypriot members in shaping EU law, noting that Marcoulli is an example and an inspiration for all women.

On her part, Marcoulli said that Demetriou's election as the first female President of the House of Representatives sends a positive message as regards the assumption of positions of power by women.

Moreover, the press release adds, she briefed the House President about the course of the reform on the basis of which part of the jurisdiction to hear and determine questions referred for a preliminary ruling will be transferred from the Court of Justice of the European Union to the General Court of the EU.

Demetriou and Marcoulli also exchanged views on finding ways for raising awareness among citizens, especially young ones, as regards the institutional framework on the basis of which the EU functions.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

NATO chief, Ukrainian foreign minister discuss military support to Kyiv

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday discussed the military support to Ukraine and the country's "path to NATO."

In a phone call, the two discussed steps on Kyiv's "path to NATO," Kuleba wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"We discussed the adapted Annual National Program and a full-fledged rollout of the Ukraine-NATO Council," said Kuleba, adding that he also informed Stoltenberg about Ukraine's preparations for the first Defense Industries Forum.

For his part, Stoltenberg said on X: 'I welcome that #Ukraine is gradually gaining ground, and that #NATO Allies are providing major support - including F-16 jets and training from Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and the US.'

Norway, the Netherlands, and Denmark have pledged to provide F-16 combat aircraft to Ukraine.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Sudan’s Burhan promises ‘decisive victory’, rejects talks with ‘traitors’

Sudan's military ruler Abdel Fattah al Burhan dashed hopes of talks to end a months-long war, denouncing the rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as "traitors" and promising a decisive victory in a speech to soldiers.

"We do not make deals with traitors, we do not make deals with anyone who has betrayed the Sudanese people," Burhan, who is also the head of the army, told on Monday cheering soldiers at the Flamingo Base in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

An estimated 4,000 people have died and millions have been driven from their homes since the conflict between the army and the RSF began in April. Successive talks have failed to bring the fighting to a complete halt.

Burhan's speech came one day after the head of the RSF expressed openness to talks and a long-term ceasefire, and days after Burhan emerged from the capital Khartoum for the first time since the war broke out.

The two forces had shared power since toppling Omar al Bashir in 2019 and blamed each other for starting the war, which broke out amid plans to integrate their troops into a single force as part of a transition to democracy.

No foreign assistance

Burhan has embarked on a tour of bases in army-controlled regions and is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, prompting some to speculate that a deal was imminent.

"We are dedicating all our time to this war ... to ending this rebellion," Burhan said, promising a quick and decisive victory, echoing previous statements from the military leadership.

The RSF "are completely exhausted - just a little effort and they will be finished," he said.

Burhan denied that his troops had received any foreign assistance and said his exit from the capital was thanks to a military operation involving the air force and navy, and that two soldiers had died in the action.

In recent weeks, the army has fought back a fierce RSF attack on the Armoured Corps base in southern Khartoum, one of its only remaining strongholds in the capital, the other being the army headquarters where Burhan was based.

The siege has led to civilian casualties and has cut off locals from electricity and water, while making it difficult for them to flee, say activists.

The two sides have also fought fiercely for control of Nyala in South Darfur state, with activists reporting scores of civilian casualties and aid agencies saying the city has been cut off from assistance or utilities.

Source: TRTworld.com