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Interview of H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to Oman News Agency, 30 October 2017, Muscat

Turkish Foreign Minister: The Sultanate has always sought to achieve peace and resolve differences through dialogue

Muscat 30 October (ONA) / The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has lauded the efforts of the Sultanate, along with the wise policy of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, which seeks to promote understanding and harmony.

In a statement given on the sidelines of his visit to the Sultanate, Çavuşoğlu said that Oman has always sought to lay the foundations for peace in the region and to resolve differences though constructive dialogue, thus winning the respect of all countries.

Stressing Ankara's constant pursuit of developing economic relations and strengthening its cooperation with the Sultanate in many fields, serving the common interests especially with regard to manufacturing and tourism industries, the Minister said that there are Turkish companies working on many projects in the Sultanate.

On Turkey’s role in solving regional issues, the Minister explained that the Sultanate and Turkey agreed on the importance of resolving the dispute in the Gulf region through dialogue.

“Ankara has continued since the beginning of the crisis to reach common ground with all parties and strongly supports Kuwait’s initiative to resolve the crisis. The dispute does not serve to benefit any party, but will rather have negative effects on the whole region,” he said.

On the so-called visa crisis with the United States, Çavuşoğlu explained that Washington is a permanent ally of Turkey, noting that there exist a number of issues of concern, namely the fight against terrorism, saying that talks to resolve this problem are ongoing.

The Minister stressed that his country is a friend of all and has no problem with the Europe due to it being an inseparable part of continent, adding that Turkey is associated with the European Union on the basis of common principles.

He went on to say that Turkey had no issues with Germany either, suggesting that Ankara was committed to immigration and fulfilling its obligation to the Syrian refugees as per as the European Convention on Human Rights, calling on the European Union to fulfill its obligations to the refugees of Syria, explaining that Europe has promised to provide 3 billion Euros, but gave only 880 million Euros.

On Turkish-Iranian relations, Minister Çavuşoğlu said the two countries have good and long-standing relations, and share understanding on many issues, including the unity of Syria and Iraq.