Turkey pushes for Geneva-2 conference

Turkey is in an endeavor to prevent sectarian violence in Iraq and Lebanon due to Syria crisis, says Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Turkey pushes for Geneva-2 conference

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey is continuing to exert efforts for the Geneva 2 Conference to be held in December or January by talking with all sides, said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during today's hearing at the Parliament's budget commission.

The Geneva-2 Conference, seeking a negotiated solution to a more than three year old conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people, has been delayed  for months due to disagreements on whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play any future role in Syria.

Davutoglu attended the hearing for 2014 budget of his ministry.

Turkey has offered about $2 billion to reduce the humanitarian crisis in Syria, he said. 

He also criticized the international community for the lack of international action in Syria. 

"Turkey is also in an endeavor to prevent sectarian violence in Iraq and Lebanon due to the Syria crisis," he added. 

Turkey's relations with its neighboring countries 

Davutoglu said Turkey signed 358 agreements with 14 countries that have a role in shaping the high-level strategic partnership council.

"We are determined to expand our cooperation field by lifting visa requirement with all the neighboring countries and signing free trade agreements," he said. 

Noting that Turkey has established bilateral mechanisms with the Balkan countries, in Asia and with many countries in the Black Sea, Davutoglu said "we generated projects surrounding the whole region." 

Turkey's foreign trade volume has risen to $17 billion up from $4 billion  and the total trading volume has increased to $60 billion up from $10 billion in the Balkans and the Black Sea.

Davutoglu also talked about Turkey's African policy and said the number of Turkish embassies has reached 35 and the foreign trade volume has risen to $23 billion in Africa.

 "We aim to increase the foreign trade volume to $100 billion by 2023," he said. 

Turkey also contributes to internal peace and consensus in Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Philippines, he said.  

Has Turkey become isolated ?

Davutoglu emphasized that Turkey has increased its efficiency on the international stage.

"We are conducting a great campaign to be granted a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2015-2016 and an agreement  to open the United Nations Development Program’s Regional Service Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent State (UNDP-RSC) in Istanbul was signed," he said. 

"Turkey will host the 2015 G-20 Summit,  World Energy Congress 2016, World Petroleum Congress 2017 and will assume the rotating term presidency of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the first time, he said. "Turkey will be a member or an observatory member of all the regional and international organizations" 

The number of Turkey's foreign missions has reached 221 and the number of embassies has risen to 129, with Turkey ranked the 7th among the countries with its foreign missions worldwide. He added "this is the best answers to those asking whether Turkey has become an isolated country."

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