Davutoglu Says ‘No Crisis’ With the US Now, Or In The Past

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

ANKARA (Hurriyet)—Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has denied the existence of any long-lasting diplomatic crisis with the United States, either currently or in the past, saying the two countries’ strategic priorities and approaches actually overlap.

“No long-lasting crisis has occurred between Turkey and the U.S., neither in the past nor now,” Davutoglu said in an interview with CNNTurk television late Wednesday, adding that the strategic priorities and methods employed by the United States, and the language used by U.S. President Barack Obama, had much in common with Turkey’s approach.

The foreign minister said no problem has occurred in Turkish-U.S. relations in the wake of Turkey’s “no” vote against the sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.N. Security Council. He added that the uranium swap deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil, known as the Tehran Agreement, did not lose its meaning in the wake of the sanctions vote and was still valid.

“The process has already begun, and technical negotiations have been underway,” Davutoglu said. “We agreed in principle that a meeting could take place in September. But the date can change. Both parties want Turkey to be involved in the process.”

Following his trilateral meeting with the foreign ministers of Iran and Brazil on Sunday, Davutoglu said a meeting between Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and the EU’s foreign-policy chief, Catherine Ashton, could take place in early September.

In the interview with CNNTurk, Davutoglu also touched upon the terrorism issue, describing the country’s fight against terror as the most vital issue on the agenda.

“We want to maintain our fight against terror without narrowing democracy and making any restrictions about human rights,” he said.

When asked a question about the Israeli raid on the flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza, Davutoglu said: “As the government, we made all necessary warnings. But we do not have the right to prevent a nongovernmental organization [from organizing the flotilla]. Israel today experiences the biggest isolation in its history since it has contradicted with the conscience of humanity.”

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2 Comments

  1. Arn.SWEDEN. said:

    IT WILL SOON COME TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING,
    THE US IS BETTING ON A LOOSING HORSE,
    AND WILL ABANDON YOU IN THE FUTURE.

    BAD BY TURKEY – YOUR HISTORICAL ACTS WILL FALL BACK ON YOURSELF !!!.

  2. manooshag said:

    Hi Davoutoglu quoted: “We want to maintain our fight against terror without narrowing democracy and making any restrictions about human rights,” he said. (Muslims donot perpetrate Genocides – say Turks).
    1 – Terror, Turkey labels the Kurds as ‘terrorists’ in order to continue Turkish Genocide of the Kurds – which has been ongoing through the years -“allowed” now since Turks say the Kurds are the ‘terrorists’…
    but ‘terrorists’ perpetrate Genocides…
    2 – Davoutoglu quoted: “No long-lasting crisis has occurred between Turkey and the U.S. neither in the past nor now” (addressing Turkish citizens vis CNNTURK – Wednesday).
    1a – Turkey together with GWBush labelled the Kurds as ‘terrorists’ in order that Turks shall pursue another Genocide – this one of the Kurds – as if ‘terrorist Kurds deserve to be ‘Genocided’ – another ‘excuse’ for Turks to eliminate peoples – for convoluted Turkish goals.
    2a – Turkey is correct, ‘no long lasting crisis’ occurs with any nations which Turkey is ‘allied. It seems the Turkish leaderships are in an on/again/off/again PLOY with several civilized nations… actually such actions are ongoing PLOYS which the Turks employ – in desperation – as they are whilst lying to the world and more, but in truths, Turks are lying to themselves!! As the world watches their gyrations – whither goest thou, a Turkey? Turkey calls itself a ‘democracy’ – where? when? how? by whose standards? Only their own Turks’ standards – not standards of any of the civilized world’s nations!!
    5 – Turkey provides lies – and a Turkey believes their own lies… unbelievably, some nations/allies, accept and allow these lies – the question remains, WHY?
    6 – Reminds one of the children’s fairy tale… The Emporer’s Clothes – which just weren’t… anywhere!
    Manooshag

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