Turkish FM in Brunei for ASEAN meetings

Davutoglu held bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of ASEAN gathering

Turkish FM in Brunei for ASEAN meetings
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has held bilateral meetings with his counterparts on the sidelines of a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held in Brunie's capital Bandar Seri Begawan. 

Turkish diplomatic sources said in Davutoglu's meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, incidents in Syria and Korean Peninsula were handled. Sources cited Davutoglu as telling Wang Turkey was willing to increase the trade volume up to $100 million in the next 7 years and to cooperate with China in many projects especially in "Iron Silk Road", a transcontinental railway network between Europe and Pacific ports in China.

Stating Turkey and China had common benefits from many regional and global issues, Davutoglu update the Chinese minister about recent developments in Syria, expressing Turkey's hope to be in close contact with China over the Syria crisis.

Sources cited Wang as saying that they were determined to continue the strategic partnership with Turkey. He also stressed they wanted to engage in strategic cooperation on regional and global issues, especially in Syria and the Middle East. 

The Syria crisis was also high on the agenda during Davutoglu's meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Russell Baird. 

Sources cited Davutoglu as underlining the need for increasing support to Syrian opposition as Assad forces had intensified attacks, harming prospects of a political solution.

Baird expressed their concern over Syria incident and said they were ready to do their best to help Syrian people. 

He also conveyed his gratitude for Turkish government upon the release of two Canadian journalists detained in Gezi Park protests.   

In addition, Davutoglu held separate meetings with his counterparts from Mongolia and Thailand, separately. 

Talks focused on improving the relations between the countries, supporting each other in international affairs, and Turkey's role in Asia. 

Minister Davutoglu said Turkey wanted to have a constructive role in every field in Asia and delivered a letter of application to Thailand's foreign minister for membership in Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), a body created in 2002 to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level consisting of 32 states.

Thailand's minister said they would feel happy about Turkey's membership in ACD, adding that the process could start immediately. 

Davutoglu also held a meeting with India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid who is set to pay a visit to Turkey in July. 

During the meeting Davutoglu stressed the importance that Turkey attached to Asia, focusing on Turkey's new embassies in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Brunei.

As part of the meetings in Brunie, Turkish minister will continue to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts including Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry. 

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