Turkish FM: We want to resolve all problems via dialogue
Turkey wants to resolve all problems with European countries through dialogue, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday at a virtual conference.
Speaking at the sixth Mediterranean Dialogue Forum organized by the Italian Foreign Ministry and the Institute for International Political Studies, Çavuşoğlu delivered messages on many issues, including relations with Europe and the US as well as the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean.
"THREATENING TURKEY WILL NOT SERVE THE INTERESTS OF ANY NATION"
Underlining that Turkey is ready to engage in dialogue with either France or Austria to resolve current problems, he criticized recent controversial moves by the French and Austrian governments targeting Muslim communities.
"Some populist politicians dare to define or interpret Islam for their interests, and this is unacceptable," he said. "Redefining Islam is not the job of any politicians. It’s very clear in the Holy Quran."
Recalling that an article critizing French secularism was removed from the website of Politico Europe last month, he said he sees this as a "pure double standard." Criticizing the double standards when it comes to freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Europe, he said "freedom of expression and insulting the faith of others are two totally different things."
"Criticizing, attacking the Prophet, Islam is freedom of expression, but when we criticize any politicians in Europe, this is unacceptable," he added. "When it comes to Europe, they are free to do anything for the sake of EU solidarity."
Reiterating Turkey's preference for dialogue to resolve tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Çavuşoğlu again said that "Turkey’s door remains wide open for dialogue."
"The Eastern Mediterranean conference is a chance to establish a suitable environment for cooperation, and this is our proposal," he said. He said he expects the EU to "change their game as well.” "Threatening Turkey and ignoring the rights of the Turkish Cypriots will not serve the interests of any EU, NATO or Mediterranean nation," he told the conference.