FM: opinion leaders to put Turkey among global actors

Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday that he was sure that opinion leaders would include Turkey among global actors.

FM: opinion leaders to put Turkey among global actors

Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday that he was sure that opinion leaders would include Turkey among global actors.

Ahmet Davutoglu said if opinion leaders were asked to list top ten countries that could contribute the most to reconstruction of the global order, they would include Turkey in the list.

"Turkey will be at the top of countries that will question any disorder if there is any; and if a new order is to be set up, then we will be at the top of the countries that lay the groundwork of that order," Davutoglu said during the Third Ambassadors' Conference, that has brought together almost 180 Turkish diplomats around the world, in Ankara.

Davutoglu said Turkey had to give dynamic reactions, not static, and if the world was continuously changing, Turkey should not be static.

"Turkey is against any type of polarization in the world, whether it is a north-south or east-west polarization," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said Turkey's diplomatic vision aimed at ensuring a pluralist and equitable global order.

The Turkish minister said countries had asked Turkey when it was planning to run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations (UN) Security Council for one more time because they knew that a UNSC including Turkey would assume a more effective approach to crises.

Turkey's non-permanent membership at the UNSC for 2009-2010 ended on January 1, 2011. Turkey's tenure at the 15 member UN Security Council had begun on January 1, 2009. Since then, Turkey assumed the rotating presidency at the UN Security Council twice. During her tenure at the UN Security Council, Turkey organized crucial summits on "preserving peace" and "counter-terrorism".

Davutoglu said Turkey would host a summit of least developed countries in May, and would assume the rotating presidency of the group for a decade.

Turkey would also be more active in G-20, and was willing to become one of the top ten economies in the world when it celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation (2023), Davutoglu said.

"We have to reach a Gross National Product worth 2 trillion USD in order to be among the top ten economies in the world," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said his ministry would from now on attach as much importance to economy departments as political departments.

"Turkey has to become an eminent country bringing all countries together, and I believe intellectuals and statesmen who can make the most original contribution to global culture can come out of Turkey," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said first of all, Turkey had to eliminate minority complex that was tried to be placed on itself, and Turkey had to declare the entire world that the roles attributed to Turkey were narrow.

The Turkish minister said Turkey did not want to see any crises in its vicinity, and was planning to be more effective in NATO.

"We do not see NATO as a defense organization that balances a contrary polar like during the Cold War, but we consider it an organization that can enable establishment of a global order in an efficient way, and that can directly intervene in crises and conflicts," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu also said Turkey did not want to be pushed into a front country psychology through NATO, but it wanted NATO to assume a new and strong mission and to "become the main international security organizations".



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