Turkish foreign minister: We would be front line if not strong in Syria
Turkey would be turned into a front line if the country was not strong in the field and at the negotiation table in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Monday.
TURKEY FOLLOWS PREVENTS THE ACTIVITIES OF PARTIES THAT ARE HOSTILE TO THE COUNTRY
"If we weren't that strong both at the negotiation table and on the field in Syria today, the front line would be our country itself. If today on the Libya issue we were not so active, the game of restraining Turkey in a small area in the Eastern Mediterranean would not be spoiled," Çavuşoğlu told the 12th Ambassadors' Conference held in the capital Ankara.
Çavuşoğlu went on to say that the active policy Turkey follows prevents the activities of parties that are hostile to the country. "In this chaotic environment, it is neither correct nor possible to follow a stable foreign policy stuck in the narrow patterns of the past," Çavuşoğlu said, referring to rapid changes in global and regional dynamics.
Turkey is a guarantor nation for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration's unilateral drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the TRNC also has rights to the resources in the area.