DAMASCUS - A new structure has been formed in the Islamic world that necessitates a new vision, said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu at the 36th Organization of Islamic Conference Foreign Ministers meeting in Damascus on Saturday.
A new structure has been formed in the Islamic world, said Davutoğlu. "The truth is, a new geostrategic, geopolitical and geoeconomic culture is emerging in the Islamic world. We need to determine a new vision in accordance with the expectancies, traditions and values of our times," he said.
Davutoğlu also mentioned regional issues during his speech. He said the Palestine problem should be resolved based on a two-state principle. "Israel should take immediate steps for a two-state solution and contribute to peace efforts," he said.
Turkey continues its efforts for the development of Iraq and follows the processes in Afghanistan closely, said the foreign minister. He added that the developments in Afghanistan affected Pakistan’s security. "Turkey believes Pakistan should be economically, socially and politically supported to relieve terrorism and economic problems," said Davutoğlu.
Davutoğlu said Turks living in Western Thrace were aggrieved in regards to minority rights. He added that Turkey was happy that some of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries have acknowledged Kosovo. The foreign minister said the OIC should continue its support for the restructuring of Kosovo as a state and that the same should be true also for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Davutoğlu said that the Nagorno-Karabakh was an unresolved problem of the Caucasus. "This problem has been waiting for a solution for the past 20 years. Armenia should withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijan with the precondition of preserving Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity," he said.
The Turkish foreign minister met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Sunday. Davutoğlu also met bilaterally with foreign ministers of other OIC countries. During their meeting Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa told Davutoğlu that he wished for Arab League member states to develop their relations with Turkey. The Turkish foreign minister, in return, told Musa that Turkey sided for regional action to resolve Middle Eastern issues.
Davutoğlu also met with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki. The two foreign ministers discussed trade relations between the two countries, as well as the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They also discussed political developments in Iraq and the electoral process in Iran.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari and Davutoğlu evaluated the electoral process in Iraq. The Turkish foreign minister and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad El Maliki, discussed the issue in Palestine.
FM declares ambassadors
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu late Saturday announced the long-awaited list of ambassadorial appointments, daily Hürriyet reported yesterday.
Turkish ambassador to Islamabad, Engin Soysal, will be assigned as the general director of the Caucasus desk while Hasan Servet Öktem will be the new director of the Africa desk. Babür Hızlan will be the new ambassador to Islamabad.
The decree will place President Abdullah Gül’s foreign policy adviser Gürcan Türkoğlu as the permanent representative of Turkey to UNESCO in Paris. General Director of Middle East Desk Hüseyin Diriöz will fill the emptied seat by Türkoğlu. Under the decree, Uğur Doğan will be appointed as Turkey’s ambassador to The Hague, Vefahan Ocak to Sarajevo, Ersin Erçin to Brazil, the government’s special envoy to Iraq Murat Özçelik to Baghdad, Derya Kanbay to Bern, Hasan Aşan to Tirana, Babür Hızlan to Islamabad, Ömer Onhon to Damascus, Ayşenur Alparslan to Talinn, Tomur Bayer to Vienna as Turkey’s permanent representative to the UN office, Hilmi Dedeoğlu to Kuwait and Basat Öztürk to Kabul.