We will ensure peace in Aegean - Turkish PM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and Greece would achieve peace in the Aegean, Anadolu Agency reported.
Prime Minister Erdogan, who attended the Third Conference of Turkish Ambassadors together with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, said, "Turkey has been living through one of the most positive economic periods of its history. And it is impossible to separate those economic developments from the foreign policy. We have made a significant progress by setting up good neighborly relations, removing visa proceedings, developing cooperation ties and extending support to efforts of ensuring peace and tranquillity in the world. We have established high-level strategic cooperation councils with Greece, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan since 2008."
"I want to reiterate once again: citizens of many countries like Brazil, can travel to the EU countries without visa. There is no visa in the Balkans any longer. But the EU countries cannot let Turkish people to travel to the Balkans and Europe without visa," he said.
Prime Minister Erdogan said, "Turkey has always been in favor of peace. All we want is peace, stability and prosperity in the world. We want to live in a world which invests in education, health and transportation instead of weapons of mass destruction. We shape our foreign policy in line with this intention. It is not a shift of axis. But we struggle for peace, in the Middle East, in the Balkans, the Caucasus."
"We have made a great progress in Turkey-Greece relations recently and signed 25 memorandums of understanding. We need to find a comprehensive solution to the problems in the Aegean. I believe that we will achieve peace in the Aegean. This includes mutual flights," Prime Minister Erdogan added.