Turkish FM stresses importance of summit for Turkic peoples
The tenth summit of Turkic-speaking countries is significant as the Cooperation Council for Turkic-Speaking Countries (CCTC) will be created as part of the event, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu told the TRT television channel today.
He added that the heads of Turkic-speaking countries meet regularly, but their meting on Oct. 3, 2009, was a critical moment, as they agreed to establish the CCTC.
Davutoglu said the council's headquarters will be located in Istanbul and headed by Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Halil Akinci.
Turkmenistan also was invited to this year's summit, which this demonstrates the desire of all of the group's participants to strengthen the council's future, he said.
Speaking at a dinner in the Ciragan Palace, Davutoglu said a stable international environment and peaceful relations with one's neighbors are necessary to ensure durable democracy.
According to Davutoglu, the instability in the South Caucasus region also affects Turkey, and added that his country can no longer remain a passive observer of these events.
Davutoglu underscored that the United States must play a leading role in global developments. Turkish-U.S. cooperation is of great importance at both the global and regional level, he said.
Turkey wants to be and remain a strong military power, and a country where democracy thrives, the FM said.
"We want to take a leadership position in security, stability, freedom, democracy and prosperity in this critical region," Davutoglu added.
In his speech, the minister raised the issue of Syrian-Israeli relations, noting that Turkey will make every effort to establish a lasting peace between these two states.
Regarding the Iranian issue, he said Turkey and the United States agree that no country in the region should possess nuclear weapons. He drew attention to the importance of resolving the problems associated with the Iranian nuclear program through diplomatic means.