30 December 2010, Thursday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 4 1 3 0
Turkey aspires to transform itself into a country speaking out for justice and standing up for its principles, sort of a wise man of the world, according to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
Describing Turkey as one of the countries that best blend values of the East and the West, Davutoğlu said it had the means to provide solutions and guidance at times of conflict. “Our next target is to make Turkey the wise man, the wise country of humanity, the world, to make it a country whose views are respected, who has principles, becomes the voice of human conscience and stands up for its values,” Davutoğlu said in an interview with state broadcaster TRT on Tuesday night. “This will be the target for 2011.” The foreign minister noted that Turkey will host a UN summit of the Least Developed Countries, a group of 49 nations that exhibit the lowest indicators of socioeconomic development, in May. He said playing the host for this summit is a reflection of Turkey’s desire to represent the conscience of humanity in the face of global political injustices. Davutoğlu, widely recognized as the architect of foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, has successfully promoted friendly relations with neighbors and a bigger role for Turkey in regional politics as a peace broker.
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