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The Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday that Turkey would become an influential and wise country whose principles, values and suggestions would be seriously taken into account in 2011.
Speaking at a TV program broadcast by TRT-1 Channel, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu said one of the main goals of Turkish foreign policy in 2010 had been improvement of Turkey's "visibility" in the international arena and such goal had been achieved successfully.
Davutoglu said, Turkey had not only managed to strengthen its strategic ties with NATO, EU and Council of Europe in 2010, but it had also expanded its cooperation areas with neighboring countries and extended its activities to new regions such as Africa, Far East and Latin America.
Davutoglu said Turkey blended the values of the East and the West in the best way.
"We have all the opportunities to act as a country that creates solutions in areas of clash and leads the way for others. We have the chance to become the world's wise country. This is our next goal. We want to become a country that has principles and values and a certain power of influence," the minister said.
"Ball to come to Turkey again"
Commenting on the negotiation process with Iran on nuclear issue, Davutoglu said Turkey had been displaying an accurate and principled policy on the matter.
Davutoglu said that it is natural for Turkey to step in Iranian issue.
"Turkey never concerns itself, meddle with no one's issues. Everyone knows how much principled Turkey's Iran policy is. That is why ball comes back to us all the time, it will. Because, if we pay the price for everything happening in this region, we have the right to say something. No one should expect us to be spectators in this regard, "he said.
"Israel should change"
Regarding the attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship and Turkey-Israel relations, Davutoglu said Turkey still waited for an apology and compensation from Israel.
Davutoglu said, "for us, there is an attitude that has been morally and politically right. Whenever Israel give up on these policies, and assume an attitude close to our desire to establish peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East, it will be better for Israel, too."
"Turkey's demands are clear. We are as determined as we were on May 31 (the day of the attack). If Israel wants to normalize its relations with Turkey, it should take this fact into account," he said.
Upon a question on whether he thought the Armenian resolution would be on USA's agenda again next April, Davutoglu said some circles in the U.S. Congress tried to exert pressure over Turkey through votes of congressmen who did not have accurate information on the matter.
The minister said such issue should not be a tool of blackmail in Turkey-USA relations anymore.
Davutoglu also said he did not expect a turbulence in Turkey-USA relations in April 2011, on the contrary, Turkey's goal was to build up a closer cooperation with USA.
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