Turkish foreign minister sees Turkey-Iraq axis important for Mideast

June 03, 2010, Thursday/ 13:58:00
The Turkish foreign minister defined on Thursday Turkey-Iraq axis as an important factor for a stable and prosperous Middle East.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Turkey saw a Turkey-Iraq axis also as a permanent factor for a stable and prosperous Mideast.

"Turkey wants all regional relations and the historical course in its region to normalize," Davutoğlu told a joint press conference with Massoud Barzani, head of the regional administration in the north of Iraq, in Ankara.

Davutoğlu said, "of course, we will respect our borders, and implement all factors that are the requirements of international law, but we will know that we can build our common future with all the sister nations."

The Turkish minister underlined importance of the timing of the visit which took place in days when the Middle East was being reshaped and friend and sister Iraq was reconstructed.

"We want the reconstruction processes of Middle East and Iraq to build a common future towards peace and stability," Davutoğlu said.

Davutoğlu highlighted importance of Turkey-Iraq relations in the reconstruction process, and said Turkey saw the regional administration in north of Iraq as an important factor in Iraq, and Kurdish people in Iraq as the main elements of the alliance.

The Turkish minister said the Iraqi elections reflected the will of the Iraqi nation, and welcomed ratification of the results of the elections by the Iraqi high court.

"We believe our Iraqi brothers will behave with political prudence for formation of a government reflecting the political will of the Iraqi nation, and Turkey will always stand by its Iraqi brothers and sisters," he said.

Davutoğlu said all Iraqi people were Turkey's brothers and Turkey wanted all those groups to build a strong, prosperous and stable Iraq.

"We will establish a world in peace and stability from the Gulf to Europe, from Baghdad to Istanbul," he said.

Davutoğlu also said brotherhood established in that region would be an example to the entire world, and Arabs, Turkmens, Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis would live together as the pieces of that common world.

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