Turkey not seeing solidarity expected from NATO on occasion, says FM Çavuşoğlu
Turkey has contributed the most to NATO, but has on occasion failed to see the solidarity it expected from the alliance, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at Sunday’s Antalya Diplomacy Forum, state-run Anadolu agency reported.
In his speech Çavuşoğlu said the global economic balance was “rapidly shifting towards Asia”, and that Asia had “once again become the centre of economic power in the world”.
The minister praised Turkey’s good relations with Russia and said Ankara would develop diplomatic relations with non-NATO member states, “just as other states within NATO”.
Global actors like Turkey have to maintain good relations, Çavuşoğlu said. “One (country) should not be seen as an alternative to the other.”
During the diplomacy forum held in Turkey’s southern Antalya province, Çavuşoğlu met with his counterparts from Malta and Libya in the morning, followed by a meeting with Moldovan acting prime minister and foreign minister.
The minister also met with Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar.
Çavuşoğlu’s day continued with meetings with officials from Malaysia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Kenya, Ukraine, Poland, Gabon, Cameroon, Germany and Austria. He also met with the secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Anadolu said.