Turkish official in US briefs regarding NATO
Turkish official said new U.S. administration's message to NATO allies was that it would have a brand new approach regarding security in the world.
Justice and Development (AK) Party deputy Vahit Erdem, who is also the leader of the Turkish delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, said on Friday that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was a beneficial alliance that Turkey became a member of in the 20th century.
During a press conference in the Turkish House in New York, Erdem briefed participants on the latest developments regarding NATO and the talks he held in USA.
Erdem said that the Turkish delegation, which arrived in USA on January 24, held a series of talks with several U.S. Congress members and members of the U.S. delegation to NATO, moreover, they attended briefings of officials from Pentagon.
Erdem said the new U.S. administration's message to NATO allies was that it would have a brand new approach regarding the security in the world.
Erdogan said USA would have a stance based on dialogue and cooperation, rather than military actions from now on.
Commenting on the suspension of relations between Russia and NATO after the recent crisis in Georgia, Erdem said that breaking the dialogue would not yield to any results.
Regarding Iran's nuclear program, Erdem said Turkey was Iran's neighbor, and therefore, it should be the leading country which did not desire Iran to possess any nuclear weapons.
Noting that the nuclear issue should be solved through diplomacy and dialogue, Erdem said a probable military operation against Iran would harm Turkey as well.
Upon a question on the recent tension that arose at a session attended by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Davos, Erdem said such issue was not discussed during the meetings in NATO.
Erdem also said that the Gaza issue was brought up only by Turkey during NATO meetings, not by any other countries.
Erdem is expected to depart from New York for Turkey in the weekend.
Reuters Last Mod: 07 Şubat 2009, 12:12