Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu is in Antalya for the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu is in Antalya for the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu, at the beginning of NATO Antalya Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held a press conference in Antalya on 12 May 2015 and informed Turkish and foreign press on the content of the ministerial meeting and answered their questions.

Following the press briefing, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu held a series of bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Canada and Afghanistan, as well as with the Secretary General of NATO.

At his meeting with the Canadian Foreign Minister Robert Nicholson, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu congratulated his counterpart for his new position and wished him success. Minister Nicholson in return congratulated Minister Çavuşoğlu for the successful organization of the Centennial Commemmoration Events of the Çanakkale Land Battles. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu highlighted the importance of the finalization of Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The recent developments with regards to Syria and Iraq, as well as the fight against foreign terrorist fighters were discussed at the meeting.

Minister Çavuşoğlu, at his meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Selahuddin Rabbani, underlined that Afghan Minister's participation at the NATO ministerial meeting was a clear indication of his country's ownership about its own security and that Turkey would continue to support Afghanistan as long as Afghan people wish so. Minister Çavuşoğlu also expressed that the training programmes organized by the Foreign Ministry for the Afghan diplomats would continue and reiterated Turkey's willingness to open a Consulate in Shibirghan. The issue of long term visas for Turkish citizens in Afghanistan was also discussed.

At the bilateral meeting with the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, the important issues on the agenda of the Alliance were discussed.

Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu later came together with the foreign ministers of Visegrad Countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland) at a working dinner.