World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Turkey was a central country rather than a bridge.
Davutoglu, who is visiting Canada, delivered a conference titled "Changing Turkey in a Changing World" at the Atlantic Council of Canada in Toronto on Thursday.
Turkey was a central country where Chechens, Bosnians, Kosovars and Kurds were also living, he said.
Turkey was a country in the middle of all political quakes which changed the course of the world history, he said.
A human tragedy has been taking place in Syria, he said. "We told Assad that whole nation cannot be terrorist and what he has done is wrong. However Assad continues killing people," he said.
Replying to a question on relations between Turkey and Canada, Davutoglu said that Turkey was eager to have good and sound relations with Canada based on respect and dignity. "We signed a protocol with Armenia and we announced that we are ready to discuss all historical events. I hope that one day the relations between Turkey and Armenia would reach a perfect level and Turks and Armenians would be good friends. We have very good relations with Canada as well," he said.
Answering another question on Turkey-EU relations, Davutoglu said that Turkey was a key country, not a burden for the EU. Turkey was a country which can find solutions to all problems of the EU especially economic crisis, he said. In 2011, 2 million Europeans lost their jobs, but in Turkey 2 million people were employed in the same year, he added.
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