Erdogan says solving Iran-West standoff to relieve Turkey, region

The Turkish prime minister said that when Iran solved its problems with the international community, the entire region and Turkey would feel relieved.

Erdogan says solving Iran-West standoff to relieve Turkey, region

The Turkish prime minister said on Friday that when Iran solved its problems with the international community, the entire region and Turkey would feel relieved.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was carrying an active foreign policy in order to contribute to solution of regional problems.

"We are saying in every opportunity that Turkey is a reliable and good-willed country that backs justice," Erdogan told a televised address to the nation.

Erdogan said, "we cannot say that 'Iraq is not our concern'. We cannot be indifferent to Iran. Turkey is also influenced by issues of Syria, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Georgia."

"We attach a great importance to tranquility, stability, peace and prosperity in our region and neighboring countries," he said.

Erdogan said they had significant responsibilities and should take important and big steps in economy, foreign policy, domestic policy, basic rights and freedoms, justice, security, health and education.

"Fiscal rule"

Erdogan said Turkish economy showed a great performance during global economic crisis and it was appreciated by the world.

Turkey's exports increased by 25.4 percent to 9.4 billion U.S. dollars in April and its exports rose by 23 percent to 35 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months of 2010 when compared to the same period last year, he said.

There has been decrease in the number of unemployed people, he said. "Unemployment rate was 16.1 percent in February 2009 and the figure dropped to 14.4 percent in February 2010," Erdogan said.

International organizations confirmed that Turkey weathered financial crisis with the lowest damage and said that Turkish economy would grow remarkably in 2010 and 2011, he said.

Erdogan said that the government prepared Fiscal Rule Bill, a very important step in economy.

Fiscal Rule meant that the government would comply with long-term economy targets of Turkey, he said.


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