Turkey's moral foreign policy pays off - newspaper

In 2017, Turkey’s principled foreign policy helped it to navigate a difficult environment and emerge with a host of successes, pro-government English-language newspaper Daily Sabah said.

“The U.S. has reinstated the visa services in Turkey, relations with European countries have begun to improve with a new period of rapprochement on the horizon and Turkey's prestige in the Muslim world reached its zenith following its leadership on Jerusalem in both the OIC and UN,” the newspaper said.

Plus, “the exceptionally warm reception shown to (President Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan during his four-day visit to Sudan, Chad and Tunisia was testament to this rejuvenated moral capacity underlining Turkey's emerging power politics,” it said.

The moral foreign policy Turkey upheld was based on “respecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity, promoting peace and stability, expanding bilateral cooperation and defending freedom of belief for all faiths,” the newspaper said.

Among the situations that the country had successfully negotiated to its advantage through this method was the Kurdistan independence referendum in northern Iraq, the Qatar crisis, and the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Daily Sabah said.


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