Turkey: Tsavousoglou unrepentant for Greece, Cyprus, Aegean islands and energy

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The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Tsavousoglu, during his speech yesterday, at Turkish National Assembly, For the work of his ministry, in the context of the debate on the 2022 budget, he referred to all aspects of Turkish foreign policy. For relations with Hellas and the situation in Eastern Mediterranean, among other things, he said:

“This year, Greece and the Greek Cypriot side tried to send research ships with the flag of third countries to our continental shelf 6 times. We prevented them in any case with our initiatives towards the competent countries and the presence of our Armed Forces in the field. As we have said before, whether on the negotiating table or on the battlefield, we are ready for anything. “

Cyprus

“We resolutely continue our bold policy on the Cyprus issue. The solution can only be achieved by recognizing the existence of the “TRNC” and the rights of the Turkish Cypriots. We do not need to repeat tried and tested formulas and make futile efforts. “In order to start a new negotiation, the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people must first be recognized.”

About her work Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum in Block 5, Tsavousoglou said:

“Regardless of who they are, they can not enter our continental shelf without our permission. Therefore, in this Part 5 agreement, both countries – the United States and Qatar – have guaranteed that they will not enter our continental shelf. “, he said, adding that the companies would remain south of the Turkish continental shelf.

Relations with the EU

“We have the political will to advance our relations with the EU on the basis of a full membership perspective with a positive agenda. Unfortunately, due to the obstacles raised by some Member States, the EU is unable to show the same will. However, in 2021, there were 3 new high-level dialogues in the fields of climate, migration, security and health. We created the mechanism and the first meeting took place “.

NATO

“NATO is trying to adapt to the future and we, as Turkey, are making a significant contribution to the preparation of NATO’s new strategic approach.

France

“We have resumed the high-level dialogue with France. “And we want to continue to work with Germany in the same spirit of cooperation as with the newly formed government.”

USA

On the one hand, we will make efforts to resolve our problems with the United States, and on the other hand, we will continue to work to improve our cooperation in various areas, including the goal of achieving a trade volume of $ 100 billion. During our President’s meeting with Biden, it was decided to set up a strategic dialogue mechanism. We will discuss the details of this issue with US Secretary of State Blinken. “

Armenian

“We will appoint mutual representatives in the framework of the normalization steps with Armenia. We will start charter flights to Yerevan. “We will act together with Azerbaijan at every step.”

Libya

“We continue to be the key to peace and stability in Libya. We are in contact with all parties before the elections. “Tomorrow (today) a joint parliamentary delegation will come to our country under the chairmanship of the Vice President of the Libyan Parliament.”

Afghanistan

“We will be attending an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers for Afghanistan next week in Pakistan. “Our intense diplomatic mobility continues on the issues of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia.”

Africa

“We continue to make significant strides in our relations with Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are entering a new era in our relations with Africa with the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit, which we will host next weekend, hosted by our President. There will be a meeting of ministers of Health and Agriculture. 20 leaders and 80 ministers are coming “.

Response: Ariana Ferentinou, Istanbul

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