Erdogan tells Trudeau Canada’s suspension of drone exports is against alliance spirit

Erdogan tells Trudeau Canada’s suspension of drone exports is against alliance spirit
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Canada’s suspension of the export of some military goods to Turkey due to the Azerbajian-Armenia conflict ... is against the spirit of alliance. (AFP)
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Updated 17 October 2020

Erdogan tells Trudeau Canada’s suspension of drone exports is against alliance spirit

Erdogan tells Trudeau Canada’s suspension of drone exports is against alliance spirit
  • Canada probes allegations Turkish drones were used by Azeri forces involved in fighting with Armenia
  • Ankara has said it stands firmly beside its close ally in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s suspension of the export of some drone technology was not in line with the spirit of alliance, Erdogan’s office said late on Friday.
Canada suspended the export of some drone technology to Turkey earlier this month as it probes allegations the equipment was used by Azeri forces involved in fighting with Armenia.
In a phone call on Friday, Erdogan and Trudeau discussed improving relations and increasing bilateral trade, the Turkish presidency said, adding that they also talked about overcoming issues regarding cooperation in the defense sector.
“During the call, President Tayyip Erdogan said Canada’s suspension of the export of some military goods to Turkey due to the Azerbajian-Armenia conflict ... is against the spirit of alliance,” the presidency said.
Turkey and Canada are both members of NATO.
Following Canada’s announcement, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry had said the suspension showed a double standard.
Turkey’s military exports to its ally Azerbaijan have risen six-fold this year, with sales of drones and other military equipment rising to $77 million last month alone before fighting broke out over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, according to exports data.
Canadian arms control group Project Ploughshares says video of air strikes released by Azerbaijan indicates the drones had been equipped with imaging and targeting systems made by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-based unit of L3Harris Technologies Inc.
Ankara has said it stands firmly beside its close ally in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.


Egypt says agreed with Qatar on resuming diplomatic relations

Egypt says agreed with Qatar on resuming diplomatic relations
Updated 20 January 2021

Egypt says agreed with Qatar on resuming diplomatic relations

Egypt says agreed with Qatar on resuming diplomatic relations
  • The resumption of relations with Qatar comes in implementation of the AlUla Agreement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said

CAIRO: Egypt has agreed to resume diplomatic relations with Qatar, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on a statement on Wednesday.
"Arab Republic of Egypt and the state of Qatar has exchanged two official notes today, Jan. 20, according to which the two countries agreed to resume diplomatic relations," the statement said.