Turkish FM Davutoglu in Syria to discuss PKK

Turkish FM Davutoglu said he expected the allied countries to extend full support to us in the fight against PKK.

Turkish FM Davutoglu in Syria to discuss PKK

 

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he expected the allied countries to extend full support to us in the fight against PKK.

Davutoglu arrived in Damascus, the first leg of his four-day tour to Syria, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Davutoglu said at a news conference at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport prior to his departure, "I will hold talks with President Bashar al-Asad and Foreign Minister Walid Mualem in Damascus. We will have the chance to exchange views over the recent developments in the Middle East and Iraq, the Middle East peace process and Turkey-Syria cooperation in fight against the PKK terrorist organization."

"I will proceed to Afghanistan from Syria later in the day to attend the International Kabul Conference. Turkey pursues a very active role about Afghanistan. We make all kinds of contributions to Afghanistan under a certain action plan," he said.

"We think that three elements are essential to ensure stability in Afghanistan. First of all, different ethnic and sectarian groups should reach a national compromise for economic development of the country. The second element is Afghanistan's relations with the neighboring and regional countries. And the third one is the international community's support to Afghanistan. We are going to host a regional meeting in November on 'Economic Development of Afghanistan'," he said.

"On Thursday, I will leave Afghanistan for Vietnam to attend the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. During the summit, a friendship and cooperation agreement will be signed between Turkey and the Association. We attach great importance to this agreement since ASEAN includes the most important economic attraction centers of the world," he said.

Replying to a question about his visit to Syria, Davutoglu said, "there is not a direct relation between this visit and Turkey's ties with Israel. Turkey successfully mediated between Syria and Israel in the past."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2010, 14:26
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