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Davutoğlu hails Turkey’s ‘pioneering’ role in the Middle East, challenging opposition parties while noting that Ankara will ‘own’ and ‘serve’ to the region

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Turkey will not become involved in any foreign policy that did not originate from Ankara, Minister Davutoğlu tells the Parliament. AA photo

Turkey will not become involved in any foreign policy that did not originate from Ankara, Minister Davutoğlu tells the Parliament. AA photo

Turkey is set to carve itself a primary role in shaping the Middle East as it guides the “winds of change” in the region, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday.

“A new Middle East is about to be born. We will be the owner, pioneer and the servant of this new Middle East,” Davutoğlu told Parliament after attracting criticism from opposition parties over Ankara’s Syria policy.

Davutoğlu criticized the opposition parties that have rejected Ankara’s stance on Syria, saying it was not possible to understand those who embraced “autocratic regimes” instead of the people of the Middle East.

“Dealing with Syria is not a matter of choice, but an obligation,” the minister said, adding that Turkey would be involved in every step of the process to help the Arab republic attain peace.

The minister said the government had advised the Syrian administration to make reforms even before the “Arab awakening” had started. But when they saw how Damascus turned the country into an “open prison” for its people, Turkey sided with the latter, he added.

Replying to criticism that the government had interfered in Syria too much at the expense of neglecting domestic issues, Davutoğlu said critics had misinterpreted the Zeitgeist and wrongly perceived what was happening in Syria.

“The era of policies [such as] ‘wait and see’ and following behind big powers has ended,” the minister said, adding that Turkey would not become involved in any policy that did not originate from Ankara.
The minister rebuked the opposition for failing to understand the government’s foreign policy.
“Turkey is no longer a country which does not have self-confidence and is waiting for foreign approval [in its policies],” Davutoğlu said.

Turkey now has “puissance,” Davutoğlu said. “Even your dreams can’t and won’t reach the place where our power has come to.”

April/27/2012

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Phoebus Sparos

5/2/2012 6:00:30 PM

I like the ...punchline: Turkey now has “puissance,” Davutoğlu said. “Even your dreams can’t and won’t reach the place where our power has come to.” “puissance", in other words potency ...I wonder what does he consider as the necessary aphrodisiac!

sam stevens

4/28/2012 12:32:42 AM

I wonder if the Arabs have been told of this new ownership of their lands, such staggering news will be a blow to them I'm sure. Can you imaging what this little man would say if Arabs said they OWNED Turkey ? What is this man Devutoglu on ?

Kevin Snapp

4/27/2012 11:20:39 PM

"Owner" of the new ME? Surely FM Davutoğlu could have defended Turkey's Syria policy without being offensively arrogant. Yes, "winds of change" are coming, but does Davutoğlu want Syria to be the next Iraq?

ilker avni

4/27/2012 10:25:01 PM

Bravo Professor,Turkey is setting the arab peoples "FREE" Free from tyrany and dictatorship the arab nations want to smell the air of demoracy.Under the AKP party Turkey is now a major player in world affairs,the middle east is Turkeys backyard.

Rimon Tree

4/27/2012 7:32:37 PM

@ Dawood Zero problems Turkey will only have when she gets rid of current PM and FM and take the president with them as well. Visions are a good thing, but they have to be the right ones and keep to reality!

Nadiri Başaran

4/27/2012 7:01:49 PM

Davutoglu is right, inspirational . We don't need to be puppets of other nations. The opposition in Turkey are a joke, they may never be in power again.

Dawood Isa

4/27/2012 6:06:41 PM

Davutoglu is visioned man, he is well educated professor and truly states man. It just in his gen as Ottoman Turks to protect the zero problem policy, it means that the problem on neighboring country should be elemates first before you sell them any.

mara mcglothin

4/27/2012 3:58:52 PM

Can someone not shut this man up before he permanently ruins Turkey's reputation in the World? How embarrassing!

US Observer

4/27/2012 2:21:52 PM

“Turkey is no longer a country which does not have self-confidence and is waiting for foreign approval [in its policies],” Sorry but this administration has a serious little mans complex. I'm sure the Arabs are thrilled to hear the Ottomans are back

V Tiger

4/27/2012 12:55:31 PM

Meddling & then?Look at Iraq,Libya,Afghanitan,they've become worse places.Syria is next it seems
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