Turkey, Arab League discuss joint regional initiative

The Turkish foreign minister said that Turkish-Arab world had the most strategic zone in the world.

Turkey, Arab League discuss joint regional initiative

The Turkish foreign minister said that Turkish-Arab world had the most strategic zone in the world from Kars (Turkey) to Morocco and Mauritania, from Sinop (Turkey) to Sudan, from Istanbul Strait to Gulf of Aden.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu delivered a speech at the joint inauguration of Turkish-Arab Cooperation Forum (TAC) and the Third Meeting of TAC Foreign Ministers in Istanbul on Thursday.

Davutoglu said, "we want this zone to turn into a security, economic integration and prosperity zone. We are resolute on this matter."

"Economic walls and political walls among us are collapsing. But the most important thing is that walls in minds are collapsing. There is a new mentality now. This new mentality will build a new history and it will create a brand new atmosphere in this important strategic zone," Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu said they supported joint regional initiative that was proposed by Arab League's Secretary General Amr Moussa at the last Arab Summit and they discussed some details on Wednesday and would continue to discuss it today as well.

"When we are working to turn the region into a secure region, we consider that the biggest obstacle is the policy of pressure which has been imposed on our Palestinian friends for more than a half century. It is difficult for this zone to reach security and get normalized before Palestine is freed," he said.

"The latest attacks and developments showed that the region has a fragile structure. We have to focus on works that will make the region a zone of security," he said.

"Israel violated international law and attacked on a civil flotilla, killing nine people and wounding several others. I would like to thank Arab League for its solidarity in regard to the incident," he said.

Davutoglu said, "Turkey will keep dealing with every kind of problem in the region. We will not remain indifferent to any problem."

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