If it weren’t for us, Libya would be a Syria today.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “Thank God we have become a country that has grown, developed and strengthened despite these crises around us. The entrepreneurship and hard work of our nation and the foresight and depth of our state are our strongest points.” said.

Çavuşoğlu said that he brought the greetings of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the participants when he met with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and business people at a hotel in the city.

Underlining that Hatay is a province of strategic importance for its ministries, Çavuşoğlu said, “We opened one of our 7 domestic representations in Turkey to Hatay. Our new ambassador took office as a representative. Our Ambassador Devrim Öztürk became our representative in Hatay. Hatay’ He will give the best services to Turkey. Do not hesitate to support our ambassador and our representative office. I hope you will support each other.” said.

Referring to the developments at the border, Çavuşoğlu said, “When we talk about the Iran-Iraq war, the interventions in Iraq, the Syrian civil war, we have had to live with crises and wars around us for years. When we look at the sum of the crises, wars and conflicts, unfortunately, 60 percent of them are in our region, right around us, and again. “Thank God, we have become a country that has grown, developed and strengthened despite these crises around us. The entrepreneurship and hard work of our nation and the foresight and depth of our state are our strongest points.” he said.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that it was not a coincidence that they played a “leading role” in the resolution of crises in the world under the leadership of President Erdoğan and explained this with examples.

Stating that rising food and energy prices have increased global inflation all over the world, Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey is among the countries that differentiated positively because it did not allow the “economy wheels” to stop before and after Kovid-19.

Stating that the power center of the economy has shifted to Asia and they did not remain indifferent to this, Çavuşoğlu emphasized that they aim to both increase political power and expand economic relations in the region.


Stating that they have deepened their cooperation in the fields of energy, transportation and trade with the triple and quadruple mechanisms they have established with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Çavuşoğlu said that they aim to pave the way for people and contribute to the country’s further enrichment, and that this is one of the main aims of diplomacy.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the basis of 500-year-old foreign trade traditions is a humanitarian and conscientious stance, and continued as follows:

“We are aware that we represent the smiling face, compassion and compassion of our people. At the same time, we are members of a civilization that says right is right, wrong is wrong, and is based on right, conscience and justice. That’s why our President says ‘The world is bigger than five’ at the United Nations.” A more just world is possible,” he says. Today, the world system is not just, it cannot distribute justice, it cannot solve problems, it cannot prevent wars, it cannot stop conflicts, it cannot meet the expectations of humanity. We are planting seeds of goodness all over the world with our Yunus Emre, Foundations, Religious Affairs and philanthropic business people. By this means, of course, we are expanding our geography. This is actually the soft side of a country. A country’s reputation is not only with hard power, defense, defense power, if you help people, If you distribute justice, if you are on the side of the victims, the oppressed, not the strong, but the right. If you are with him, his trust in you will increase and it will be permanent. We do not despise anyone, we do not look down on anyone. As Yunus Emre said, ‘We love the created because of the creator’. We also put those who look down on us to their place, and we do the necessary training for them to talk to us at eye level. We also carefully teach everyone how to talk to Turkey and the Turkish nation.”


Drawing attention to the drama in Syria, Çavuşoğlu said that similar dramas were experienced in Libya and Iraq.

Emphasizing that they are making great efforts to ensure that this does not deepen and other countries do not fall into this situation, Çavuşoğlu continued his words as follows:

“If it weren’t for us, Libya would be a Syria today, if we hadn’t repulsed the attack on Tripoli. But today we are signing Maritime Authorization Treaties with Libya. We signed a hydrocarbon treaty. Somebody is mad at you? I sign a treaty with any country I want. The problem is when the Libyan government signs with Malta. no, when he signs with us he says “this government cannot sign a treaty”. So this privilege is only available to the members of the European Union? Even Malta itself was surprised by these reactions, because Malta is a country that displays an honest and fair attitude. It is a small island state with a small population. but it is a respectable country with its principled stance. They were also surprised. After all, we must not allow Syria to become a terror hotspot against our country. We must not allow Syria to be divided. Especially in the northeast of Syria, the PKK, YPG, PYD’ We are also aware of the support given to the country to continue its separatist agenda to divide the country. we take and we will take. We cannot allow Syria to be divided, just as DEASH and then the PKK, who wanted to establish terror corridors in the north, struck a blow and established security corridors. We support Syria’s border and territorial integrity. From now on, we will do whatever is necessary in these matters, as we have done so far.”


Stating that it is vitally important to resolve the Syrian issue politically, Çavuşoğlu said, “We say that within the framework of the UN Security Council resolution, the regime and the opposition should agree on a constitution and then a roadmap that includes all, including an election process. There are also those who are uncomfortable with this. There is another solution. Tell me, should this civil war continue for another 50 years? For the unity and integrity of Syria to continue, I am not talking about terrorists, terrorists are terrorists, but the moderate opposition and the regime need to agree on a road map. However, this is how we establish unity in Syria. Only in this way can we return them safely to their country, including Syrians in Turkey who want to return to their country.” made its assessment.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the start of the transition process in Syria will also be an important step in terms of reconciliation and said:

“We will provide the necessary support for a fair and transparent election to be held in Syria under the auspices of the UN. For this purpose, the constitutional committee, which we led the establishment of, did not get any results in the 9 rounds, we will continue to work together with the guarantor countries to get results in these upcoming rounds. We also met with my Russian and Iranian counterparts in New York. weakens and disappears. Therefore, we also warned that ‘it’s time for result-oriented steps to be taken and it’s already passed.’ We also work with Syria’s Special Representative Pedersen in the same way. He also attended that meeting.”

Explaining that they continue to meet all the needs of the Syrians in northwest Syria and that they coordinate the UN humanitarian aid through the Cilvegözü Border Gate, Çavuşoğlu stated that they are also working on the extension of the relevant UN Security Council resolution, that there is a 6-month extension, but they advised Russia to extend it for 1 year.

“No country wants that many immigrants to come to its territory because it is difficult to manage, there are many aspects of the job,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“There is an economic and security dimension. This is a social problem. It has become a political problem, and politicians also use it. Of course, it is important to look at these problems from a humanitarian point of view. It is important to synthesize all of them well. It is obvious that these problems will not be solved only with hostility to immigrants. This problem, The problem of immigrants is a problem that will continue in the world. The number of immigrants and refugees in the world, which was 80 million before the pandemic, has exceeded 100 million after the pandemic. This is not including the people who left their country due to the war in Ukraine. This is a problem that will unfortunately continue in the coming years for various reasons. It is obvious that the system cannot find a solution to this either. Therefore, we have to deal with this and produce policies. In other words, overcoming these problems is also important in terms of reducing the burden on our Hatay, and we will continue to mobilize for this.”


Emphasizing that they are working to make the second century of the Republic the “Century of Turkey”, Çavuşoğlu said:

“Is this a dream? It’s not a dream. Next year, we will realize the 100th anniversary of our Republic and our Republic will enter its second century. Therefore, the second century of our Republic will be the century of Turkey. For this, we reveal the goals and visions. I hope we will present our vision of the Century of Turkey on the 28th of the month, Mr. President” We will have shared with our nation and the world public opinion. We are on the verge of a historical turning point. We have achieved a century worth of success together in the last 20 years. Therefore, the Turkish Century is not a dream either. I hope we will go beyond this together in the next 20 years. Under the leadership of our President, the next century there will be years of success for us. We will do more, we will achieve more. There is no stopping in our vocabulary, we will continue on our way without stopping and without getting tired. I hope we will continue on our way. The storms around us may be big, there may be ups and downs, but we will face them and show the necessary wisdom. The crisis comes with many brings opportunity. We will make the most of these opportunities.”

Governor Rahmi Doğan, AK Party Hatay deputies Hüseyin Yayman, Abdulkadir Özel, Sabahat Özgürsoy Çelik, Hacı Bayram Türkoğlu and Hüseyin Şanverdi, Foreign Ministry Hatay Representative Ambassador Devrim Öztürk, AK Party Provincial President Adem Yeşildal and district mayors also attended the program.

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