Davutoglu: Turkey aims to turn Mesopotamia, MidEast into peace region

Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu left for Iraq, starting his tour around region.

Davutoglu: Turkey aims to turn Mesopotamia, MidEast into peace region

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu left for Iraq on Monday.

Davutoglu is set to pay official visits to Iraq, Syria, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Egypt and Sweden.

He told a news conference at Ankara's Esenboga Airport, "I am going to hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Damascus in an effort to ease the recent tension between these two neighboring countries."

"I visited Iraq two weeks ago under preparatory efforts for High-Level Strategic Cooperation meetings. Those meetings will take place in the ministerial level in September and in the level of prime ministers in October. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to President al-Asad a short while ago to set up a similar mechanism between Turkey and Syria," he said.

"A sound strategic cooperation between regional countries will turn the Mesopotamian Basin and the Middle East into a region of prosperity and stability. This is our vision, and prevention of all kinds of negative developments that can affect this vision is one of Turkey's diplomatic priorities," he said.

Davutoglu told reporters, "I will meet with President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad. I will also pay a visit to Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi to offer my condolences after demise of Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim. Later, I will proceed to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and Foreign Minister Walid Mualem."

"Later in the day, I will leave for the TRNC. President Mehmet Ali Talat and I will evaluate the ongoing negotiation process on Tuesday. The first round of the negotiations completed. Now, the second phase will begin on September 3. I will underline Turkey's support to both the TRNC and the negotiation process," he said.

Davutoglu said that he would proceed to Egypt on Tuesday evening to meet with President Hosni Mubarak and his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit with the Middle East peace process high on his agenda.

"Then, I will proceed to Sweden to attend an informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers," he said.

Upon a question, Davutoglu told reporters, "I held a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overnight. We exchanged views on my visits to Baghdad and Damascus, the ongoing Cyprus negotiations, the Middle East peace process as well as the recent developments in Caucasus, Balkans and other regional countries."

Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2009, 17:31
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