Turkish Press Review - Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to a bomb attack in Somalia hours ahead of a planned visit by the Turkish president, PM Davutoglu's remarks in Davos plus the death of Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

Friday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to a bomb attack in Somalia hours ahead of a planned visit by the Turkish president, PM Davutoglu's remarks in Davos plus the death of Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

ISTANBUL – The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Friday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to a bomb attack in Somalia hours ahead of a planned visit by the Turkish president.

Papers also examined PM Davutoglu's remarks in Davos over the Turkish business sector and the death of Saudi king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

VATAN ran the headline: “Intimidation,” referring to the bomb attack in Mogadishu, which came hours before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned visit to the city.

A car bomb exploded on Thursday outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu near a hotel accommodating a Turkish delegation, leaving four dead – including the bomber – but causing no casualties among the Turks. Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Running a photo of the incident area, the daily said that it was the third attack conducted by al-Shabaab militants against Turks so far.

The paper recalled an attack on a Turkish Red Crescent convoy in Somalia in April 2013, which killed 34 Somalis and the bombing of the Turkish embassy in July the same year. A Turkish police officer was killed in the embassy attack.

AKSAM wrote: “A Muslim does not commit suicide,” on its front page, citing Erdogan’s remarks on the Somalia attack.

"If they say it was committed in the name of Islam, there is no such thing in Islam," Erdogan said in a speech at Addis Ababa University in the Ethiopian capital. "A true Muslim would not commit suicide. Who are the people killed? They are Muslims too," he added.

“Turkey will not take backward steps,” was YENISAFAK’s headline. The daily said that some projects launched with support of Turkey disturbed some countries. These (projects) caused terror attacks, the paper claimed.

The dailies also covered Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks in Davos, Switzerland.

MILLIYET said Davutoglu called on businessmen to invest in Istanbul recalling a saying by Napoleon: “'If the world were a single country, Istanbul would be its capital.'”

YENISAFAK reported the prime minister's remarks on the Turkish business sector: “Turks are coming back. Professional Turkish managers are taking part in every sector from now on.”

SABAH also used the headline: "Turks are coming," reporting Davutoglu as saying: "Istanbul is an ideal investment point. Borsa Istanbul should be one of the top 10 finance centers in the world."

Ahmet Davutoglu has been the first Turkish prime minister to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos since current president, then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, clashed publicly with Israeli president Shimon Peres in a debate in 2009.

The infamous “one-minute” spat made headlines after Erdogan walked out during a live discussion on Gaza, claiming he had not been given enough time to speak.

The death of Saudi King Abdullah was another news item covered by many dailies.

HURRIYET said that Saudi Arabia was mourning King Abdullah, while MILLIYET reported that Crown Prince Salman has been declared the new monarch.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz passed away late Thursday. Ninety-year-old Abdullah was recently admitted to hospital after suffering from a lung infection.

The king also underwent back surgery in November 2012. Ever since, he had refrained from attending events outside the kingdom, including a recent high-profile Gulf summit held in the Qatari capital, Doha.

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