FM Davutoglu: "Our foreign policy no longer focuses on just one issue, but is wide-ranging"
Speaking to reporters after his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they had discussed recent developments on Cyprus , Iraq , the Middle East, Afghanistan , Pakistan and the Caucasus . Stating that Turkey is no longer a country which focuses only one issue to the neglect of others, Davutoglu said the world now sees it as a country that can find a solution to every issue. "The Turkish Foreign Ministry is closely dealing with all issues and it has the necessary capacity and clout to do so," he said. During the meeting, Ban thanked Turkey for its growing contributions to global and regional peace. Davutoglu also addressed a UN Security Council session on the Middle East and Palestinian issue on Monday. Speaking to reporters after the session, Davutoglu said peace in the Middle East requires a comprehensive approach, which necessitates coordinated work for all the problems in the region, adding that all Palestinian groups should be part of talks aimed at peace. "We believe that success will come if there are coordinated efforts in all the processes – namely the Palestinian-Lebanon, Syrian-Israeli and even the Iraq process – as well as other issues that don't seem directly related to the Palestinian conflict," Davutoglu said. He added that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is still deplorable and urged immediate international efforts to meet Gazans' need for shelter, food, and medicine. On the sidelines of the Security Council session, Davutoglu also met with his Russian, French and British counterparts. The Security Council told Israel at the end of its meeting that the international community is demanding "urgent efforts" to create a separate Palestinian state and achieve an overall Middle East peace settlement.