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Turkey to determine 2010 foreign policy road map

04 January 2010 [11:42] - TODAY.AZ
Turkish ambassadors home from postings around the world will begin a week-long brainstorming conference Monday under the theme: “Democracy, Security and Stability: A look at 2010 in Turkish Foreign Policy and Global Affairs.”

To be convened by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as an exercise in road map writing for 2010, dignitaries set to address the ambassadorial corps include Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat, German Foreign Minister Guido Vesterwelle, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Brazilian Foreign Minister Sezar Amorim.

The meetings will continue until Friday.

“The conference will significantly contribute to national interests as well as our existing multi-dimensional foreign policy, with the goal of securing peace and stability in the region and beyond,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Davutoğlu has been architect of Turkish foreign policy since he became chief foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2002.

Davutoğlu also made structural and administrative changes in the ministry after being appointed foreign minister.

Along with technological innovations and new embassies in Africa and Latin America, Davutoğlu has focused on achieving an effective “public diplomacy” that entails the ministry working with civil society organizations on international affairs.

Feridun Sinirlioğlu was appointed as new undersecretary while a number of other ambassadors were assigned to new posts.

The one-week conference will host meetings in three main sessions.

Special guests will deliver speeches at the first session.

The second session will consist of a series of conferences under the theme, “A look at 2010 in Turkey and Globe,” which will cover topics such as democracy, peace, security and stability.

Working groups, including officials from related state institutions, will meet during the third session to discuss the ministry’s road map.

Interior Minister Beşir Atalay, meanwhile, is expected to attend the meeting of “counter terrorism, the democratic initiative and its effects at foreign affairs.” Energy Minister Taner Yıldız plans to join a session on “energy policies” while Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış will participate in the European Union working group session.

Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek and National Intelligence Service, or MİT, Undersecretary Emre Taner are also among those invited to the conference.

Though similar sessions regularly take place in many countries, Turkey only convened its first ambassadors’ conference in July 2008 under the chairmanship of then-Foreign Minister Ali Babacan.

/Huriyyet Daily News/

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