Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that security based on military power did not bring peace to the Middle East.
Speaking at the "7th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit: The Manama Dialogue 2010", Davutoglu said that, unless all parties paid attention to the security of a child in Gaza as much as they did to a child's security in Tel Aviv, there would not be peace in the region.
We need a comprehensive approach to security in the Middle East by considering economic, cultural and diplomatic dimensions of security, Davutoglu said.
Pointing out to the importance of political dialogue and face to face talks, Davutoglu said that there was not sufficient dialogue among the leaders of the region and that many leaders did not see each other for a very long period of time.
Mutual economic interdependence is crucial for security. Countries with strong economic ties resolve problems more easily, Davutoglu said.
"Right to defend"
We are against nuclear weapons in the region, Davutoglu said.
Every country has a right to defend itself. All countries must respect the territorial integrity and independence of their neighbors, Davutoglu said.
The Arab-Israeli problem must be resolved and Palestine must be admitted into the United Nations as a respected country, Davutoglu said.
It is high time to complete the peace processes between Israel-Palestine, Israel-Syria and Israel-Lebanon, Davutoglu said.
We do not need a road map in the region. We want to see the end of the road, Davutoglu also said.
"If there is a humanitarian reason"
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that, whenever there was a humanitarian reason as in the case of the Israeli fire on Friday, Turkey would not press on a certain issue.
Davutoglu spoke to reporters after the "Manama Dialogue 2010" meeting and said that Turkey sent two fire fighting airplanes to Israel to assist in efforts to extinguish the fire in Haifa.
It is our historic and cultural trait to extend a helping hand in case of a humanitarian disaster, Davutoglu said.
The relations with Israel are not merely based on this humanitarian situation. We have open expectations from Israel. I hope that the necessary political will in Israel will take place so that our expectations are fulfilled. Turkey is determined to continue to protect the legal rights of its citizens in international waters, Davutoglu said.
The "Manama Dialogue 2010" meeting facilitated the discussion of many international issues. The Manama meeting took place a few days before Iran's meeting with the P5+1 countries. It was important for the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki to participate in the Manama meeting, Davutoglu said.
We hope that the talks in Geneva would take place in a positive atmosphere and they open the path for a peaceful process, Davutoglu also said.