Turkish Diplomats to ‘Brainstorm’ on Armenia Invite

ANKARA (Turkish Daily News)–Turkey has called home all of its ambassadors to participate in brainstorming sessions on foreign policy issues, including Turkish relations with Armenia and specifically Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian’s invitation to his counterpart Abdullah Gul to attend a soccer match in Yerevan between the two state teams, officials said.

The future of Turkish foreign policy will be discussed at the meetings, expected to take place with the participation of more than 100 ambassadors. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ertugrul Apakan are both expected to attend the talks, which will begin July 14.

The brainstorming sessions come as Turkey mediates between Syria and Israel, restarting peace efforts that collapsed in 2000. Ankara is also busy with its troubled bid to join the European Union and regional issues such as relations with Armenia and the Cyprus problem. Diplomatic sources say the increasing diversification in foreign policy issues requires a multifaceted approach to foreign policy.

The Foreign Ministry has hosted ambassadorial meetings with a regional scope in the past. But the gathering of all Turkey’s ambassadors serving abroad will be the first of its kind.


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