Turkish State Minister Mehmet Simsek said Friday Turkey had become an important political and economic actor in its region.
Simsek, who arrived in Beirut to attend the Arab Economic Forum meetings, met with Turkish businessmen doing business in Lebanon on Friday.
Speaking while receiving Turkish businessmen, Simsek said that Turkey was not the old Turkey.
Turkey has gained great strength and international respect, Simsek said.
In the recent term, Turkey developed its relations with her neighbors. Turkey has signed visa exemption agreements with many countries, Simsek said.
We are solving problems of many years. These developments do not mean that Turkey has left the West and changed her direction towards the East. While preserving her relations with the West, Turkey began a process of dialogue with regions with which she has historical relations.
This presents a great advantage in relations with the EU, Simsek stressed. Meanwhile, as part of his talks in Lebanon, Simsek went to the city of Sur and visited the Turkish troops serving there as part of the United Nations Peace Force.
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