OIC to hold meeting on Mali in Jeddah: Turkish FM

Davutoglu also reminded that Burkina Faso's FM Bassole was experienced in the Africa region as he was the Special Envoy for Mali and the Sahel Region by the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

OIC to hold meeting on Mali in Jeddah: Turkish FM

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said that Turkey was ready to support any step to be taken on Mali and that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) would hold an extraordinary meeting on Mali in Jeddah next week.

Davutoglu and Burkina Faso's Foreign and Regional Cooperation Minister Djibrill Yipene Bassole signed a memorandum of understanding on exemption of visas for diplomatic passports after their meeting at the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Burkina Faso's Foreign and Regional Cooperation Minister Djibrill Yipene Bassole appeared in a press conference in Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday after the signing ceremony.

"In today's meeting, we revised our diplomatic relations and assessed what to do in order to extend our relations one by one," said Turkish minister.

Davutoglu reminded, "We opened an embassy in Burkina Faso, one of Africa's most important countries, in 2012 in the scope of Turkey's foreign policy of Africa opening." In regards to their meeting, Davutoglu said, they focused on improving bilateral relations between the two countries, the Mali crisis and developments from the sahara region as well as cooperation fields between Turkey and Burkina Faso.

Turkish minister said, in order to complete missing agreements and to set up legal infrastructure for Turkish business world to become more active in Burkina Faso, two foreign ministers decided to work closer.

Davutoglu said, "We came across striking figures over our foreign trade volume that in 2004, it was 4.4 million USD, in 2009 it noted 10 million USD and in three years of time, so in 2012 it reached 235 million USD. If it continues like this, soon it will reach one billion USD."

Davutoglu said, Burkina Faso has been a supporter of Turkey always and added, "We support each other in the international area too. Burkina Faso stated their written support for our UN Security Council candidacy and EXPO Izmir. So, we will do our best to strengthen relations between two countries."

Minister Bassole said that Davutoglu and he discussed strengthening bilateral relations. "We will open an embassy in Ankara and appoint an ambassador," Bassole stated.

"We discussed commercial relations and talked on possible cooperation in the fields of industry and education. We aim to make use of Turkey's experiences," Bassole noted.

Davutoglu also reminded that Bassole was experienced in the Africa region as he was the Special Envoy for Mali and the Sahel Region by the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Davutoglu added, the second important topic of their meeting on Thursday was the developments of the Mali crisis.

"Bassole is one of the names in the world with most experience on Mali. The OIC will hold an extraordinary contact group meeting on Mali in Jeddah next week," Davutoglu said.

"I will attend the OIC meeting with Bassole. I have informed Bassole that I was ready to extend support to any step that may be taken on Mali," Davutoglu indicated.

Upon replying a question, Turkish minister said, in order to fulfill the legitimate demands of Syrian people and to provide a political transition in this way, a dialogue could be held. Davutoglu added, nobody would carry out a dialogue as follow-up of a regime where more than 100 thousand of people were killed and 100 thousand others were lost.

Turkish minister also stated, US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned him after Kerry's meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and stated that they discussed the issue and shared opinions. "In order to calm the atrocity in Syria, Turkey will give any kind of support. Actual thing in here is the set up of a transition management to represent decisions of Syrian people. This is what we understand from a dialogue and a political process basically," said Davutoglu.

A question about if there were researches being held on wounded Syrian people who are being brought to Turkey for use of chemical weapons, Davutoglu replied as saying, "Using chemical weapons is a crime against humanity. Whoever uses them, they will have committed a crime against humanity and this will be our attitude always. Unfortunately, we all had concerns over the rising developments from last few months, increasing use of snipers, tank and air-backed attacks, Scud missiles and then use of chemical weapons on civilians. As Turkey and international community, we follow this closely. In the past few months, there were several claims which we started tracking immediately."

Turkish foreign minister said, they made attempts and had demands for the issue to be investigated by international organizations and said, there were claims about chemical weapons being used by Syrian opponent members in the past two days. Davutoglu added, "We closely follow these claims within the framework of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). As Turkey, our red line is human life, human rights and justice."

Davutoglu noted, he discussed the issue with UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson who told Davutoglu clearly that there were no traces of opposition in Syria using chemical weapons.

Minister Davutoglu highlighted, "We nurse wounded people and do research in the case of such things. Among some wounded people, more researches and investigations were needed. So in this framework, studies continue. We will make it public it there are certain results. 

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