Turkey objects Armenian aggression

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – October 9, 2020
ANKARA (Turkey): Turkish foreign minister (FM) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Bratislava on October 7-8, 2020, to participate in the 15th annual Bratislava global security forum (GLOBSEC).

According to an official statement, on Thursday the Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu had an interview in GLOBSEC on “Turkey’s role in regional and global security” and shared Turkish views on Armenia’s aggression, recent situation in Libya, developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus issue, Turkey’s European Union (EU) membership process, Turkish approach to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Turkish relations with the Russian Federation.

Afterwards, he held a meeting with German FM Heiko Maas and discussed Turkish relations and recent developments on Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Armenia’s aggression.

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu underlined that Turkey will not allow Turkey-EU relations be taken hostage by Greece and Greek Cypriots with their maximalist approaches.

Later that day, he met shortly with Greece FM Nikos Dendias on the sidelines of the forum, and stated that Turkey will determine the dates of the exploratory talks and meetings for confidence building measures in the coming days.

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu also met with Ukraine first deputy minister of foreign affairs Emine Dzheppar.

He stated that Turkey was one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, that Turkey will never recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and that Turkey will always stand by the Crimean Tatars.

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu held a productive meeting with Hungary minister of foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjarto.

He stressed that preparations were underway for the 7th joint economic commission meeting, and that Turkey appreciates Hungary’s active engagement with the Turkic Council.

Earlier, on Wednesday in Bratislava, Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu first inaugurated the Bratislava Turkish military cemetery and monument with foreign and European affairs minister Ivan Korcok of Slovakia, in honour of the memory of the martyrs lost in the Galicia front.

He emphasised that Turkish martyrs will live forever in friendly Slovakia, and that he commemorated all martyrs with respect, gratitude and mercy.

Then, Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu had a fruitful meeting with his Slovak counterpart Ivan Korcok, and evaluated the relations and regional developments particularly related to the Eastern Mediterranean, EU and Armenia’s aggression.

He welcomed cooperation opportunities in defence, education and science during the meeting, and that Turkey was keeping the five billion dollars target for bilateral trade volume.

On the same day, Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu met with Kazakhstan FM Mukhtar Tleuberdi and discussed the relations thoroughly including investments, education and health.

Recent developments in brotherly Kyrgyzstan and Armenia’s aggression were also evaluated in the meeting, wherein he stated that Turkey will further develop cooperation with Kazakhstan in multilateral fora, including the Turkic Council.