Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey was not only dealing with its own problems anymore but was exerting efforts to make contributions to solution of regional problems.
President Gul who attended the Charlie Rose Show at Bloomberg Channel in New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly meeting said Turkey, as a unique Muslim country carrying out negotiations with the EU, had dialogue channels with all countries in the region.
Gul said Turkey had a positive foreign policy agenda, and exerted efforts to contribute to the solution of the problems of other countries in the region, which showed Turkey embraced the region.
"Embracing the region is very significant for the stability and the security of the region. If there is stability and security there will be cooperation and welfare too," said Gul.
Gul said Turkey was secular democratic state and there were no efforts to change this in Turkey.
Commenting on the Kurdish problem, Gul said as Turkey improved its democratic standards, problems were solved, noting that terror prevented them from accomplishing more.
Her said PKK murdered civilians and posed a threat for both Turkey and Iraq. He said the central authority in Iraq was not strong and therefore the North of Iraq became a safe haven for PKK.
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