Erdogan rebuffs 'axis' reports over Turkey's foreign policy

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they are not going to be subdued by such claims.

Erdogan rebuffs 'axis' reports over Turkey's foreign policy

Turkish PM rebuffed claims of axis shift in Turkish politics, labelling such talks a part of dark propaganda against Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they are not going to be subdued by such claims.

Erdogan said, "Turkey's relations with the Middle East did not start with the political power of the Justice and Development (AK) Party. This is not a new and different thing."

"There's no shift in Turkey's axis. Turkey is not a city state, it's not a state to which agendas are imposed", said Erdogan marking at his party meeting in Turkish Grand National Assembly that he hopes Israeli attack on the aid convoy will not be covered.

Erdogan said, "As if somebody in the international pres has pressed a button, anti-Turkish news and comments have started sprouting, criticisizing Turkey's foreign policy. The shifting of axis discussions is a part of that propaganda. We are not going to be in a position to defend ourselves against this policy. Turkey is not a country which has to defend itself. That country is Israel. Israel is the state which turned a blind eye to unlawful actions. Let them defend themselves. We are not going to bow to this black propaganda."

Erdogan said at the parliamentary group meeting, "the United States is one of the countries that can comprehend Turkey's mission in the best way. We have a multi-dimensional cooperation with the United States. Differences of opinion that emerge from time to time stem from our countries' lists of priorities."

"Current U.S. administration led by President Barack Obama should well-understand and assess the fact that Turkey's stance in foreign policy would further activate the cooperation between the two countries. Turkey's relations with the Middle East did not start with the political power of the AK Party. This is not a new and different thing. There have always been relations between Turkey and the Middle East before and after the foundation of the Republic of Turkey," he said.

"Turkey faces a negative campaign whenever it intensifies relations with the Arab world and the Middle Eastern countries. Let's look at some economic figures. Direct investments by the United States in the Middle Eastern countries in the last 18 years amounted to 30 billion USD. Turkey's investments in those countries were about one 50th of this amount (643 million USD). Investments by the Middle Eastern countries in the EU-member countries reached 15 billion USD in the last 8 years. Their investments in Turkey was only 6.8 billion USD. Exports from the United States to the Arab Countries were about 44 billion USD in 2009 while exports from France were 35 billion USD and from Germany were 34 billion USD. Turkey's exports to the Arab countries were only 21 billion USD. All countries have economic and commercial relations with the Arab world. But when it comes to Turkey, they talk about 'Arab capital, green capital and Islamic capital'. They use racist, discriminative and humiliating expressions," he said.

Erdogan said, "our axis is the axis of peace, solidarity and law. These axes have never changed throughout the history, and they will not change henceforth."


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