Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu recently met with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Antalya. During his speech, Minister Çavuşoğlu discussed Turkey’s response to global crises, stating that 60 percent of these crises are happening around the country, and Turkey has been a leader in providing aid to those affected. He also spoke about Antalya’s history of being a cradle of civilization that has embraced every nation throughout the ages.
Minister Çavuşoğlu also discussed recent developments with Russia, including a four-way meeting with the Russian, Iranian, and Syrian Foreign Ministers to eliminate the terrorist threat, to ensure the dignified and safe return of refugees, and to revive the political process in Syria. In addition, he expressed Turkey’s commitment to showing a principled attitude in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, rejecting Russian invasion of Ukraine and fully supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and internal reconciliation.
He also criticized opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu’s words on Russia, stating that Turkey had found oil in drillings that were closed on time thanks to its own ships. He also emphasized Turkey’s priority of protecting its national interests and ensuring its citizens did not suffer from sanctions imposed against Russia.
Minister Çavuşoğlu concluded his speech by discussing Turkey’s role in uniting the great Turkish world, stating that Turkey is a country that protects all its cognates, from Balkan Turks to Meskhetian Turks, from Iraqi Turkmen to Uyghur Turks. He emphasized Turkey’s commitment to turning the dream of the Organization of Turkish States into reality, and under the leadership of President Erdoğan, he stated that the second century of the Republic will be the century of the great Turkish world.