US 9/11 bill might have angered Erdoğan as much as Saudis as he calls on Muslim countries to united against it…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 2 urged Islamic nations to unite in solidarity against a newly passed bill in the U.S. that allows families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for their losses.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sent strong messages to the European Union over its attitude toward Turkey and the United States over its policies in the Middle East.

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Put extra money in their pocket and get the rating you want: Erdoğan on rating agencies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has lashed out at rating agencies, after Moody’s downgraded the country’s sovereign debt rating to “junk” status.
Turkey should focus on making economic reforms and promoting its strengths rather than blaming credit rating agencies for unfair rates, Timothy Ash, a London-based strategist at Nomura International, said on Oct. 4.

German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into comedian Jan Boehmermann over a ribald poem he wrote about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports the BBC.

The Israeli government on Sept. 30 paid $20 million in compensation to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid in 2010, which led to the suspension of diplomatic ties between the two countries before a reconciliation deal was reached earlier this year, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported.

Turkey’s tourism industry reels from a year to forget

Hope is in short supply for those involved in Turkish tourism after bomb attacks and a failed coup in the country this year. From Istanbul to Ankara, Antalya to Mardin, visitor numbers remain woefully low and businesses are laying off staff

With this year’s season drawing to a close, the Turkish tourism sector is reeling from a year of devastating losses. Bomb attacks, unrest in the south-east of the country and a violent coup attempt – followed by mass arrests during a state of emergency – have kept tourists away. According to estimates by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (Türsab), Turkey might lose between £2bn and £2.5bn in tourism revenue by the end of this year.

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