Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu gives keynote addressedit
Speaking on Turkey’s foreign policy vision at our Istanbul conference on Saturday 26 March 2011, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu outlined six principles guiding Turkey’s actions over the last eight years, and into the future.
Turkey’s policies for engagement in the contemporary world
Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 March 2011 (WP1031)
Six principles guiding Turkey’s actions over the last eight years, and into the future:
- balancing security and freedom, by transforming domestic politics as the necessary context for Turkey’s evolving foreign policy
- maintaining ‘zero problems’ with Turkey’s neighbours, since good relations with neighbours will constitute security for Turkeya new regional vision for Turkey’s neighbourhood, based on a common security zone, high level political dialogue, economic cooperation and multicultural coexistence
- overcoming the continuing ‘compartmentalised’ or divided mentality of the Cold War period, so that close relations with one country are not perceived as to the detriment of another
- reaching out to Africa, Asia and Latin America
- playing a more active role in global fora
The Foreign Minister emphasised that all these aims are consistent with Turkey’s desire for European Union (EU) membership, and Turkey could be a strong asset to the EU in its region.
Following his remarks, Professor Davutoğlu responded to a range of questions from conference participants.