Ankara not refraining from taking action in Syria, Libya, E Med: FM

Foreign policy should be determined in line with global developments, analyzing power balance, political and military power and the economy - to which Ankara set its goals accordingly, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sept. 10. 

Çavuşoğlu's remarks came during a visit to Eskisehir province, where said Turkey's initial foreign policy based on the "Peace at home, Peace in the world" principle set by founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, his companions and the country was following a national, active and humane policy in the current changing global order.

He said there was once a bipolar global system but Asia was now meeting 40% of global production and its contribution to the world economy has reached 50% despite the U.S. will to remain as the dominant power.

"We have seen unilateral policies during the rule of [former U.S. President Donald] Trump. We too bore the brunt of the issues caused by this as well as Europe. NATO itself was also affected. We now observe the impact of unilateral decisions taken in our region and beyond, including Afghanistan," he said.

Arguing that the global actor was now G20, not the G7, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey should analyze the effects of the multi-polar global system and take steps with regards to foreign policy accordingly.

The international order established following World War II falls short of responding to today's global issues, according to Çavuşoğlu, who said his country has been following a more realistic foreign policy.

He went on to note that Turkey wanted to operate the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, as requested by the then-government in Afghanistan, however, the Taliban abruptly gained control of the country before parliament took action.

"We concluded...

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