Turkish FM meets with Mideast envoys over Egypt, Syria

FM Davutoğlu held a briefing with Turkish ambassadors to Middle Eastern countries on the latest developments in Syria and Egypt, as Ankara has found itself alone in its strong condemnation of the Egyptian army's ousting of Morsi.

Turkish FM meets with Mideast envoys over Egypt, Syria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu held a briefing in Ankara on Thursday with Turkish ambassadors to Middle Eastern countries on the latest developments in the politically fragile region.

According to the diplomatic sources, the general situation and the latest developments in the Middle East region were handled during 13-hours long meeting with around 40 participants including Turkish ambassadors to United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, United Nations, European Union and NATO along with the ones in the Middle East.

Turkish deputy foreign minister Naci Koru, Undersecretary of the Turkish foreign ministry Feridun Sinirlioglu and Turkish prime minister's chief advisor Ibrahim Kalin also participated in the meeting chaired by Davutoglu.

Turkey's ambassador in Cairo Huseyin Avni Botsali participated the meeting via video-conference, and gave a detailed briefing of the situation in Egypt.

Following the presentations about Syria and other Middle Eastern topics by the related foreign ministry departments, Davutoglu delivered a speech outlining current and future foreign policy principles.

After that all ambassadors shared their evaluations about Egypt, Syria and other regional developments, as well as the reflections of Turkish foreign policy towards the Middle East in the states that they were on duty.

The meeting ended with Davutoglu's speech that summarized how Turkish foreign policy should be shaped in the future.

According to diplomatic sources, a similar meeting took place last year, and this year's meeting coincides with important developments taking place in the region.

Besides Egypt, Syria was also to dominate the meeting between ambassadors and Davutoğlu, said the diplomat who noted, “The latest developments in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon were also to be evaluated during the meeting.”

Davutoğlu himself last week described the ousting of Morsi as unacceptable, branding the intervention of the army as a “military coup” -- a contrast to the US and some European bodies, which have refrained from using the word “coup.”

Ankara has found itself alone in its strong condemnation of the Egyptian army's ousting of Morsi and in calling on the Egyptian military to restore the democratically elected government.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Temmuz 2013, 14:11
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