Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said – today, Saturday – that his country is determined to assume a prominent position in the world after the Corona pandemic, adding that Ankara wants to consolidate its relations with Washington to solve regional issues.
In a speech he addressed – through a video call to conferences of the Justice and Development Party in Turkish states – the Turkish president said, “We are determined to assume a prominent position in the world that will be formed again after the epidemic, by developing our legal infrastructure, strengthening the foundations of our economy, and increasing production and employment opportunities.” .
He continued, “We wish to invest our close alliance with America effectively to solve all regional and global issues.”
On the issue of the relationship with the European Union, Erdogan said, “We see ourselves in Europe and not elsewhere, and we aim to build our future with it.”
He stressed that Turkey has no problem with any country or institution that cannot be solved through dialogue and diplomacy, saying in the same context that the European Union should not turn into a “tool” hostile to his country.
“No state or institution that respects itself accepts to be a puppet of terrorist organizations and anti-Turkish lobbies,” he added.
Erdogan’s message comes at a time when European Union leaders are expected to decide – during a summit in December – whether they will impose more sanctions on Turkey in light of its recent moves.
The Turkish exploration ship “Aruj Reis” remains the focus of tension, and Ankara – Saturday – extended its mission in the eastern Mediterranean until November 29, despite Athens objection.