Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that Egypt's tranquility and welfare was a strategic goal for Turkey.
Speaking to reporters in Munich where he is attending the 47th Munich Security Conference, Minister Davutoglu said that Turkey's interest in Egypt should not be interpreted as interference in that country's internal matters.
Reminded by a journalist about comments made by an official from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry that Turkey should not interfere in the internal affairs of Egypt, Ahmet Davutoglu said that Egypt was a brotherly and a friendly country for Turkey with deep historic ties.
Egypt's tranquility and welfare is a strategic goal for Turkey. No one should interpret such a goal as interfering in Egypt's internal issues. Every development in the region is related to one another. Just as Turkey has been affected by the developments in Egypt, the region itself gets affected by the developments in Turkey, Davutoglu stressed.
In regard to his meetings in Munich, Davutoglu said that he met with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko and discussed the issues of visa liberalization and the free movement of individuals.
Davutoglu said that he also met with the foreign ministers of Romania and Switzerland on Friday.
Ahmet Davutoglu added that he will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday and hold meetings with the foreign ministers of France, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.
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