Sunday, 18 December 2011

Davutoglu's state of denial

Davutoglu: Turkey Pushed Isolated Israel to Kneel Down

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Turkish Republic acted independently despite regional upheavals and “dictatorships”, indicating that the republic succeeded in pushing an “isolated” Israel to “kneel down” before it.

In an interview with the Turkish daily Zaman, Davutoglu was responding to claims by the opposition in Israel that Ankara has shifted its policy towards the East, despite its dependency on Western countries.

Davutoglu struck back, saying that the country acts independently in the face of regional upheavals and dictatorships. He said it was Turkish foreign policy which forces Israel to "kneel down" before Turkey.

"We have always sided with people who demand democracy," Davutoglu said, adding that Ankara does not support “oppressive regimes.”

The Turkish foreign minister told the Turkish parliament Thursday that Ankara was determined to press ahead with a "zero problems with neighbors" policy, according to the daily’s report.

Davutoglu: Our policy made Israel "bow" before Turkey

Turkey Pushed Isolated Israel to Kneel Down

Turkey acts independently

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd R), British Foreign Secretary William Hague (R), Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) attend the Libya contact group meeting in Istanbul July 15, 2011. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

 Ankara does not support “oppressive regimes.”

Ankara determined to press a "zero problems with neighbors" policy,
Pressing zero problems in Libya

Pressing zero problems in and with Syria
Pressing zero problems with Iraq
Pressing zero problems in Turkey

Pressing zero problems with Iran and Russia

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