POLITICS > Turkey against 'cold war' in Middle East: Davutoğlu

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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Turkey was against any polarization in the Middle East, as he prepared to hold talks in Iran amid increasing tension in the Persian Gulf.

"I want to clearly say that there are some who seek a regional cold war. We are determined to prevent it," Davutoğlu said during an interview with Anatolia News Agency. 

'Sectarian tension a suicide'

"A regional sectarian tension would be a suicide for the region," Davutoğlu said, noting that there was a risk of rising tension which would affect not only Iraq and Syria but the whole region.
"However, we are determined to prevent a regional cold war," he added.

Davutoğlu said he planned diplomatic trips to Russia and the U.S. within a month after his visit to Iran and he would hold meetings with officials from the EU and Gulf countries. He also said Turkey would host foreign ministers of several countries.


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US Observer

1/4/2012 8:31:02 PM

See there Henry, I was thinking the FM was speasking about Iran wanting a Col War scenerio. They are the ones making threats and taking agressive action.

Steven Adelman

1/4/2012 7:32:02 PM

I'm a rare "yerli" American who lived in Ankara, loves the Turkish people. and still has strong Turkish ties. But: (1) America is not alone in its "throttling" of Iran; (2) after Obama, Turkey WON"T be an "important ally".

Red Tail

1/4/2012 5:48:28 PM

"I want to clearly say that there are some who seek a regional cold war." Why does Mr D not want to.mention those evil forces by name?

henry laycock laycock

1/4/2012 5:46:27 PM

Davutoğlu is right - the Middle East does not need more conflict, what is needed is more peace. The USA is trying to throttle Iran, as with independent countries elsewhere. It does not welcome contrary advice from important allies such as Turkey
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