Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that diplomats had to understand dynamics and parameters of the century and develop strategies according to them.
Prime Minister Erdogan first thanked his Greek counterpart for joining them at the Conference of Turkish Ambassadors in the eastern province of Erzurum.
"Education, science, a powerful economy and a powerful foreign policy as well as peace, tranquillity and stability have gained importance in the 21st century. Four decades ago, we had to develop our policies by taking into consideration our enemies both in our own countries and in the world. Now, those concepts are already out-dated. We have to understand dynamics and parameters of the century and develop strategies according to them," he said.
"For instance, the global financial crisis which erupted in the United States in 2008 affected the whole world in a short period of time. Many countries are still trying to recover from impacts of the global crisis, one of the worst global financial crisis in the history of the world," he said.
"On the other hand, Turkish economy has made a great progress in the last eight years. Our active and visionary foreign policy and our zero-problem policy for the neighboring countries have furthered strengthened our economy. As a result, Turkish economy became the world's 17th biggest economy," he said.
"Patience has limits"
Referring to Turkey's EU membership process, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Turkey has faced an unfair treatment in its EU membership process. We took our first step to join the Union in 1959, then made our official application in 1963. And 27 EU-member states tried to tease with Turkey in this 50-year process. Turkey attended the EU summits till 2004. Then, EU decided not to invite Turkey to summits. This is another sign of their wrongful attitude towards Turkey.
If countries concentrate their efforts to keep alive their old disagreements, enmities and problems, they cannot talk about foreign trade, exports, imports, tourism and globalization. Turkey has been showing patience for 50 years. If the EU does not want to accept Turkey as a full member, it should announce that since our patience has its limits."
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said earlier in the day that Turkish and Greek prime ministers gave a symbolic message to the world by joining the ambassadors in Erzurum.