Mevlut Cavusoglu: Turkey got serious global support on US move15 August 2018 | 21:34 | FOCUS News Agency
“These events have opened the eyes of the world,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint press conference with his Sudanese counterpart Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed at the 10th Ambassadors’ Conference in the capital Ankara.
Cavusoglu said that the international community saw the U.S. “disrespectful attitude towards all countries” since the present administration came to office.
He added that it is also internationally known that the U.S. would use its economic power "roughly" against other countries.
“So everyone is looking for a way to get out of the dollar,” he said.
Cavusolgu stressed that Turkey will continue its “upright stance."
“We will continue our efforts to resolve present problems through diplomatic means...But we will not give into pressure or imposition,” he said referring ongoing tension between Ankara and Washington -.
As they have learned from their experiences, Turkish authorities are taking measures to reform the economy, he said.
The measures already taken have relieved the markets, he added.
Mentioning Turkey's worldwide humanitarian supports, Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey has used its power in favor of humanity and its friends and that other countries took note.
Turkey is the “world’s most generous country” in terms of foreign aid, he said, adding that oppressed people worldwide noticed this and prayed for Turkey’s strong economy.
Cavusoglu also highlighted that the EU and countries which have economic ties with Turkey favor a strong Turkish economy.
On the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, Cavusoglu said that the U.S. and other countries should not only consider their own disappointment but also others’.
Telling how the U.S. supplied large number of arms to the YPG/PKK, a terrorist group near Turkey’s borders, he said those arms are now being sold on the open market.
Cavusoglu also cited U.S. support for Fetullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which orchestrated a July 2016 defeated coup attempt in Turkey, martyring 251 people and injuring thousands.
“We see that they [the U.S.] try to protect FETO members in third countries,” he said, adding that U.S. ambassadors support FETO members in some countries that want to get rid of the terror group.
Stating that if there is a crime, everyone needs to be subject to the judicial process, Cavusoglu said Turkey wants to solve all issues through negotiations and dialogue, not pressure and impositions.
“But there is a serious confusion,” he added, referring to the U.S. trying to apply pressure on Turkey.
F-35 fighter jets
On U.S. moves to ban sales of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, Cavusoglu said:
“This has no practical meaning. Turkey has already taken delivery of two of them.” He explained that Turkish pilots are now training with the jets in the U.S. for two years.
A U.S. defense spending law signed this week includes a measure prohibiting F-35 sales to Turkey until the Pentagon issues a report on Turkish-U.S. relations in 90 days.
Turkey has been in the F-35 program since 1999. The Turkish defense industry has taken an active role in their production, including Alp Aviation, AYESAS, Kale Aviation, Kale Pratt & Whitney, and Turkish Aerospace Industries making parts for the first F-35 fighter jet.
Turkey plans to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets in the years to come.
“So there is no suspension,” Cavusoglu said, adding that the restrictions on delivery of the jets are a domestic issue of the U.S.
He added that the U.S. using such matters to pressure other countries hurts its standing and prestige.
“No country is without alternatives, not desperate, and every country is honorable...They need to respect this.”
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