Ankara pushes hardest to end Moscow-Kyiv war: Turkish Foreign Minister

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ANKARA

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Turkey was the country making the most efforts to end the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Addressing a meeting of the Parliamentary Planning and Budget Committee in the capital Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu reviewed some issues, including global and regional developments, Türkiye’s foreign policy, as well as efforts to put end to the war in Ukraine.

“All my interlocutors say that Turkey is the country that contributes the most to world peace and wants us to continue our efforts to end the war,” said the head of diplomacy.

The international system is “currently going through a period of multiple crises”, Cavusoglu said, adding that Turkey was trying to “lower the tension and ease the crises in the global system where separation stands out instead of solidarity”. .

He also said: “The West, which has accused Türkiye of negotiating with Russia in the Ukraine crisis, now strongly calls for steps to be taken for dialogue.”

Meanwhile, underscoring the success of Türkiye’s diplomatic efforts, he said: “Ankara’s recently growing mediation activities continue to yield results and make a difference in different areas such as Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia -Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Philippines and Venezuela. “

He also noted that Turkey has become “the country that makes the greatest contribution to global food security.”

Thanks to the grain export agreement signed by Turkey, the UN, Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, the global food price index fell by 9%, he said, adding that It was “the biggest drop in 13 years”.

Ankara’s normalization policies

Turkey’s normalization policies feature prominently in its active foreign policy this year, Cavusoglu noted, saying that Ankara is leading “the normalization process with Armenia for peace and prosperity in the South Caucasus.”

In coordination with Azerbaijan, Turkey’s attempts to make Armenia an actor for peace will continue.

In addition, the country’s relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have entered a new era, he pointed out, saying that in a short time Turkey “solved many problems during visits high-level mutuals and obtained mutual gains in many fields such as trade, investments, education, culture, foreign policy.”

“Our goal is to cooperate with Israel on the basis of mutual interests and respect for mutual sensitivities,” he said, adding that the two countries have mutually reappointed their ambassadors and high-level visits are underway.

“An important element of our relationship is, of course, the rights of our Palestinian brothers and the status of Jerusalem,” he stressed.

Regarding Turkey-Syria relations, the minister said, “If a conducive environment arises for the current contacts between intelligence agencies to be taken to the diplomatic level, we will also assess it.”

Underlining the close ties between Turkey and Libya, the Foreign Minister said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding on hydrocarbons and gas between the two countries in Tripoli last month took our cooperation to the next level.

Cavusoglu also said, “We resolutely protect the rights and interests of our country and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.”

A tripartite memorandum signed between Turkey, Finland and Sweden on Nordic countries’ candidacies for NATO membership was a “significant achievement” in terms of highlighting Turkey’s counterterrorism priorities, it said. -he declares.

Speaking about Türkiye’s African policies, he said that by the end of this year, the trade volume will reach $45 billion, about 10 times more than in 2002.

Meanwhile, Ankara’s trade with Latin America and the Caribbean region has increased from $1 billion to $15 billion, he added, saying, “We aim to reach the trade volume highest bilateral in our history this year”.

Recent development in the Turkish world

The Turkish world continued to witness significant developments after Azerbaijan’s victory in Karabakh marking the second anniversary of the liberation of Azerbaijani territories after nearly three decades of occupation by Armenian forces, he noted.

The new format of dialogue and cooperation was established with the ministers of foreign affairs, economy and transport of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.

The importance of the Middle East-West Trans-Caspian Corridor has further increased “the overall weight of the Turkish world”, he said.

The Middle Corridor is a network of railways and roads that starts in Turkey and spans Georgia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian Sea and Central Asia to reach China, making it a major effort to revive the ancient Silk Road.

In 2021, Ankara “has decided to transform the Organization of Turkish States into an international organization in Istanbul” and “plans to take concrete steps for the future at the Samarkand summit”, which will be held this week on cooperation in trade and transportation, he added.

In addition, “our comprehensive cooperation with Azerbaijan continues, from defence, energy, logistics, transport (sectors), to the reconstruction of lands liberated from occupation”, he said. declared.


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