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H.E. Mr. Mehmet Donmez on Yemen

Mehmet Donmenz (L), Ambassador of Turkey to Yemen

Ambassador of Turkey writes to the National Yemen

Firstly, I would like to express my thanks to National Yemen Newspaper for providing me such an opportunity.

Turkish Yemeni Political Relations:

Turkey and Yemen enjoy excellent relations which go back to the earlier centuries with deep historical and cultural ties.  We witness a continuous cooperation between our countries in the international arena. We appreciate very much the support extended by Yemen in the international platforms to Turkey. Turkey also gives full support to Yemen in all areas.

Presidential visits:

H.E. President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s official visit to Turkey in February 2008 was a turning point in our relations.  That visit constituted a strong ground for further improving our bilateral relations. We believe that H.E. President Abdullah Gul’s visit to Yemen on 10-11 January 2010 will have very positive impact on the relations of our countries.

Trade/Economic Relations:

Our trade volume stood at $ 380 million last year, which could be diversified and enhanced for both sides. We consider this trade volume as inadequate for our countries. One other characteristics of our bilateral trade is that it is very unbalanced. We are happy that there is determination to get more Turkish investors in Yemen. In this framework, Turkish-Yemeni Business Council was established recently. In the framework of the Presidential visit, a Turkish-Yemeni Business Forum will be organized by DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) with the participation of the businessmen from various sectors. I believe that it will be a big push for the increase in the level of trade and investment in both countries.

Turkish Foreign Policy-Principles :

The main principle of the Turkish foreign policy towards its neighbours and the region as a whole is “zero problems towards neighbors/regional countries” which has been successfully implemented for the past years. Turkey’s relations with its neighbors and regional countries now follow a more cooperative rather than confrantational track. There is a developing economic interdependence between Turkey and its neighboring countries.

Turkey’s regional policy is based on security for all, high-level political dialogue, economic integration and interdependence, and multicultural coexistence.

As we leave behind the first decade of the 21st century, Turkey has been able to formulate a foreign-policy vision based on a better understanding of the realities of the new century, in accordance with its historical role and geographical position. In this sense, Turkey’s orientation and strategic alliance with the West remains perfectly compatible with Turkey’s involvement in, among others, Iraq, Iran, the Caucasus, the Middle East peace process, and Afghanistan.

Turkish foreign policy is based on a “consistent and systematic” framework around the world. Turkey’s vision for the Middle East is not in opposition to its approach in Central Asia or in the Balkans; our approach to Africa is no different from our approach to Asia. Turkey remains committed to establishing harmony between its current strategic alliances and its neighbors.

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Towards Arab World

Especially during the recent period, very positive steps have been achieved towards developing our relations, both on bilateral and multilateral platforms, with the Arab world that Turkey enjoys deeply rooted historical, cultural, social and religious ties. Establishment of lasting peace and stability in the geography that we share with the Arab world is one of the main priorities in Turkey’s foreign policy.

Turkey attaches great importance to close dialogue and co-operation with the Arab states. As one of the strategic components of the Middle East geography, Turkey has therefore taken important steps over the last few years to develop and diversify its relations, both on bilateral and multilateral basis, with the Arab world. Within this framework, our Ministry established consultations mechanisms with a number of Arab countries.