Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is on a formal visit to Egypt, spoke at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and said Turkey can not be indifferent to developments in its region.
"This is not a necessity but a need," Davutoglu told the conference organized by Al Ahram Center of Political and Strategic Studies.
Davutoglu said everybody should learn lessons from what happened in the past 20 years in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said, "we must work for restoration of economic and political integration of countries in these regions."
Davutoglu explained Turkey's principles in foreign policy which he said were security, democracy, zero problem with neighbors, maximum security and peace diplomacy.
"We are trying to protect democratic freedom of our people as possible as we can. If we can ensure our security, we do not have any problems with our neighbors. Now, we are trying to resolve the problem between Iraq and Syria. I am involved in this problem just as a member of the family living in the same house. I am not involved as a mediator," he said.
"People ask me whether Turkey's relations with the Middle East would lessen if we join the European Union one day. This will definitely not happen. Our relations will continue the same way," he said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Eylül 2009, 12:14