Turkey is working hard to develop good relations in all regions, Erdoğan says
This visit is actually an indication of the strategic importance we have attributed to Asia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told journalists accompanying him in a plane during his return from Tajikistan where he attended the 5th Summit of the Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), adding that Turkey was working hard to develop good relations in all regions, Daily Sabah reports.
President Erdoğan addressed world leaders during the summit and conducted separate bilateral meetings with various heads of states, including the presidents of Tajikistan, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
"The relations we have established with one country or region are never against each other or (out of spite to) third countries," Erdoğan said, adding that Turkey will "continue to strengthen these relations in the same way."
"We will try to develop relations in the west, east, north, and south," he said.
Stressing the importance of peace, stability, and cooperation in the world, Erdoğan noted that the world cannot ignore the ongoing war in Syria nor some 4 million Syrian refugees.
Erdoğan said he also drew attention to the regional and global impacts of the Syrian war and Turkey's political efforts to solve the problem during the summit.
"It is clear that unilateral approaches cannot produce a solution for peace and stability in the world today. I have seen that the leaders of the other countries participating in the summit have expressed this view strongly, like myself," Erdoğan said.