Informal Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the MIKTA Initiative was held in Mexico
Informal Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the MIKTA Initiative was held in Mexico

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu attended the Informal Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the MIKTA (Mexico-Indonesia-South Korea-Turkey-Australia) Initiative held in Mexico City on April 13-14, 2014.

At the joint communiqué issued following the meeting, Foreign Ministers pointed out that they discussed global issues of common interest and worked on the formulation of a joint dialogue and cooperation agenda.

Foreign Ministers underlined their countries’ common interests and similarities in that they represent open economies that promote free trade and foreign investment; they are large democracies, and resilient economies with potential for high growth rates. Foreign Ministers agreed to meet again next September in New York on the fringes on the 69th session of the UN General Assembly as well as during the G20 leaders’ Summit to be held in Australia.

At the joint communiqué, noting that the gradual transformation of the international system opens a window of opportunity for their countries to further develop their constructive and conciliatory role in tackling pressing international issues, Foreign Ministers in this vein said that the dialogue between their countries can lead to establish better cooperation and underlined their determination to enhance their dialogue on issues such as trade and development in international fora such as the United Nations and the G20.

Joint Communiqué of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of MIKTA Initiative, 14 April 2014, Mexico

Foreign Ministers issued another joint communique expressing their concern over the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of North Korea.

Speaking to the press members regarding the meeting, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu pointed out that the MIKTA initiative is not a regional cooperation organization and is not an alternative to any other organization. Foreign Minister stated that they agreed to continue to consult each other in regional issues and global issues.

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu stated that in the context of regional and international issues, he informed his counterparts about developments in Syria, Iran and Ukraine. He added that Turkey’s candidacy to the UN Security Council and within this framework Turkey’s efforts concerning the issues on the UN agenda were also addressed.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Davutoğlu held bilateral meetings with the other Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the MIKTA meeting. During the meetings, views were exchanged on bilateral issues and regional and international developments.