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A new chapter in Greece’s Middle East military strategy – The New Arab

Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members of this alliance.” The statement …

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How the Kashmir dispute is playing out in the Eastern Mediterranean – The New Arab

With friction growing between Ankara and Athens, the longstanding alliance between Pakistan and Turkey has prompted Greece and India to consider the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership. In the modern era, the balance of geopolitical power is constantly shifting, with new alliances being formed and historical tensions coming to the fore once again. Pakistan …

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US calls on reluctant foreign forces to leave Libya – Arab Weekly

NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe Biden. “We call on all …

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Greece, Israel Seal $1.6 Billion Defense Deal – Voice of America

ATHENS, GREECE – Greece said Tuesday it had approved a landmark $1.68 billion deal with Israel, providing for the procurement of 10 state-of-the-art jet fighters and training of pilots as the government in Athens upgrades its defenses, mainly against its longtime foe Turkey. The deal, which both sides are set to sign in the coming …

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May Gulf reconciliation cut Turkey’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood? – Yetkin Report

When Saudi Arabia killed the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in its İstanbul consulate it, in fact, killed two birds with one stone. Not only the Kingdom silenced a dissident but it gave a message to all the dissidents fleeing Arab dictatorships that they should not feel safe in Turkey. There is a little known or …

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Southern Gas Corridor to strengthen economic, political and geostrategic co-op – Trend

The Southern Gas Corridor, which will supply Caspian gas to Europe via Turkey, will turn Azerbaijan and Turkey into a strategic energy corridor, Murat Akan, international trade operation specialist in Turkey, told Trend. “Natural gas has entered its golden age, because it has gained geopolitical importance and has become a constant element of international policies. …

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FarsNews Agency Armenia to Replace Turkey with Iran for Import of Over 2,000 Goods – FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) said Armenia has announced that it will replace 2,250 Turkish products with Iranian goods in reaction to the recent Turkish sanctions. “Due to Turkish sanctions, Armenia has planned to replace Iranian goods with 2,250 products imported from Turkey,” the Iranian official said, adding that this will be …

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Turkey’s military build-up | Forces send in more military and logistical reinforcement to their posts in “de-escalation zone” – The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored this morning the entry of a new military column of Turkish forces via Kafr Losin crossing, north of Idlib. The column consists of 12 armoured vehicles. The column headed towards Turkish posts in southern rural Idlib. The number of military vehicles entered Syrian territory since the start …

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China’s new Silk Road outlook includes Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railways networks – IRNA

The 10th meeting of high ranking Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Railway Project workgroup, better known as the ECO Train was recently convened aimed at the urgent revival of this major regional economic plan. The spokesman of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry expressed certainty during his last week’s press conference that the ECO Train project will be put to use …

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Turkey to turn renovated Armenian church into humour art centre – Ahval

Turkey has decided to turn the recently renovated Holy Trinity Armenian Church in the south-central Konya province into a cultural centre, the Armenian weekly newspaper Agos reported. The 19th-century building, which has been closed to worship and visitors even after restoration project ended in 2017, will be re-opened as the World Masters of Humour Art …

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‘Erdogan should be very, very worried’: What the Biden presidency means for Turkey – CNBC

Under outgoing President Donald Trump, many of the potential flashpoints between the NATO allies were smoothed over thanks to a friendly relationship between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Looking ahead to a Joe Biden administration, there’s a chance that some of those tensions could blow up — but there is also chance for …

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Turkey, Iran, Pakistan rail link to China’s Belt and Road – Nikkei Asia

KARACHI — The governments of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan will revive a transnational rail service linking Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad in 2021. The ITI transnational railroad is expected to enhance connectivity with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by providing a rail connection between China and Turkey, Nikkei Asia has learned. The roots of this …

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