Turkey's FM calls on France to act with common strategic vision

Davutoglu urged France on Friday not to block Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

Turkey's FM calls on France to act with common strategic vision

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged France on Friday not to block Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

Davutoglu gave a lecture at the International Diplomatic Academy of Paris on Friday and said the European Union needs Turkey in order to overcome political, economic and cultural problems in the new global order.

At his lecture on "Turkey's EU vision in regional and global peace perspective", Davutoglu said that Turkey's regional vision for peace would be a gain, not a burden for EU.

Informing participants about Turkey's recent peace efforts in the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East, Davutoglu said, "history and future of the Balkans, Caucasus and the Middle East are our history and future. The number of Bosniaks, Albanians, Chechens and Abkhaz people living in Turkey are more than Bosniaks, Albanians, Chechens and Abkhaz people living in their countries."

Recalling the protocol Turkey signed with Armenia, the Turkey-led meeting between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, agreement between Turkey and Syria to lift visa requirements, and visit made by Turkish officials to Iraq and 48 agreements signed between Turkey and Iraq, Davutoglu said, "our vision is a vision for peace."

"Turkey is part of Europe and will continue to be so. We follow this active policy to contribute to global peace and security," he said."

Stating that equality, respect for common values and the principle of pacta sund servanda were important values of EU, Davutoglu criticized recent reactions inside the Union against some countries.

"EU must go through a sociological change too," he said.

Upon a question on relations between Turkey and France, Davutoglu called on French leaders to act with common strategic vision, not with public pressure. He said French political leaders should not set aside common vision and interests.


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