Binali Yildirim

Turkey Aims to “Enhance Friendship” with Greece

Turkey's Speaker of Parliament Binali Yildirim announced on Saturday that his country aims to “enhance friendship” and “reduce animosity” between Ankara and Athens. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after the commemoration of a population exchange between Greece and Turkey after...

Turkish PM Criticizes Greek Asylum Body over Coup Suspects

Turkey's prime minister has hit out at the Greek asylum service for green-lighting the applications of two of the eight former Turkish servicemen wanted by Ankara for trial. However, Binali Yildirim, in a Greek media interview cited by state-run Anadolu...

Turkish PM: Terrorists Find a Safe Haven in Greece

"Terrorists" of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) organization see Greece as a "safe haven", said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday, according to Anadolu Agency. Yildirim called on Greece to regard FETO members as its own "enemy" just like...

Turkish PM: Justice will Decide for the 2 Greek Soldiers

"Justice will do the right thing," said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Wednesday in regards to the two Greek soldiers who were arrested inside Turkey's border. Yildirim made the statement to the Turkish press after Greece took the issue...

Turkey Can 'Neutralize Any Threat in the Aegean', Turkish PM Warns

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned that his country will neutralize any threat that may appear in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate a new submarine in the coastal region of Marmara, Yildirim warned that...

Aegean Should be ‘Sea of Friendship’ Turkey Now Says

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday the Aegean should be a “sea of friendship” between Greece and Turkey in comments that may signal Ankara’s intention to de-escalate the crisis between the two NATO allies. His remarks came a...

Turkey: Imia Islets Belong to Us, Greek Gov't Misinforms its Citizens

Ankara escalated tension in the Aegean on Tuesday by issuing the most provocative statement so far, claiming that the Imia islets belong to Turkey and that the Greek government is misinforming its people. The official statement issued by Turkey's Foreign...

Turkey Backs Skopje in 'Macedonia' Dispute with Greece

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday said that Ankara supports the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in its name dispute with Greece. Yildirim spoke at a joint news conference with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the Turkish capital...

Turkey Speaks of "Grey Zones" in Aegean

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim challenged the sovereignty of Greek islands once again, by saying in parliament that 132 islets in the Aegean are in a "grey zone". This was in answer to criticism received by Turkish opposition leader Kemal...

Turkey Warns of ‘Dangerous’ Energy Moves on Cyprus Invasion Anniversary

On the 43rd anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned that Nicosia’s moves to explore for energy around the eastern Mediterranean were “untimely and dangerous.” Yıldırım, attending Turkish Cypriot celebrations of the 1974 invasion...