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Speech delivered by H.E Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to the Participants of the Young Diplomats Programme, 19 January 2015, Ankara

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu: I know that many of you have travelled a long way to attend our program and we appreciate that. In our age, the diplomats are required to learn new languages and engage in international interaction in different countries. In our Ministry, we also encourage our young diplomats to learn more and more languages and many of our diplomats are studying languages in different countries, probably in your countries as well. Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey is now providing training not only for Turkish diplomats and Turkish Civil Servants but also for diplomats like you coming from all our friendly countries.

The program combines training, which gives the participants an academic perspective as well as insight on current issues. The participants have the chance to benefit from the rich experience of the Turkish diplomatic tradition, which goes back 500 years. It also offers unique opportunities to discover the culture, history and art of Turkey and give the participants a chance to gather first-hand information on Turkish society by way of day-to-day interaction.

We also learn from you. This is not a one way process. Actually, this is the aim of this program. We also learn from your regions, your experiences as well. Therefore, this is a mutually beneficial program and I can say that, at the end of the program, the participants invited by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs return home with a new vision about Turkey, collateral experiences, new friends and good memories. The training program also opens new horizons to junior diplomats. We see that some of the junior diplomats, who participate in the program, have been posted to the embassies of their countries in Ankara and next year, our Diplomacy Academy will gain a real academic status. As such, it will start offering Masters and PHD programs as well.

Dear Friends,

The whole world and our societies have been facing challenges and unfortunately we, as the countries or international organizations, have not been able to fight these challenges. International terrorism and illegal organizations, organized crime and the rise of extremism, racism, discrimination, economic and financial crises, migration, Immigrant flow, integration policies, climate change, environmental problems… We have to focus on all these issues. Today, when you look at Europe and the whole world, terrorist organizations have been posing a threat for everybody, our societies. However, the rise of extremism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, any kind of phobia is also posing a threat to the common values that we are united around. Therefore, we have to fight with both of them together and we need your region and we need your energy, as well as your idealism, to overcome all these challenges that our societies are facing. I’m sure you have made good friends here and you will continue to know each other better. Maybe in other destinations that you will be appointed, maybe in multilateral organizations, international or regional organizations. It is my sincere wish that you will benefit fully from this program in any means and enjoy your stay in Turkey.

Teşekkür ederim. Thank you and all the best. Any questions that I can answer briefly?

-Actually, we are very happy, some of them actually didn’t believe that you will visit them. But since you are here, if they have any questions…(inaudible)

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu: Since, I’m a also a young diplomat, I wanted to be with you today. I also wanted to be a career diplomat, particularly during high school years but after I studied International Relations in Ankara at Ankara University, I went to New York to do my Master’s in Economics, and then I went to London, I studied at LSE then I didn’t change my mind, but this is life and destiny. I became active in politics and finally I became the Chief Diplomat of Turkey. This is the way, shortest way.

In reply to a question regarding Turkey’s presence in Afghanistan:

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu: Well, we will continue supporting our brotherly country Afghanistan through different means. We will increase the number of our military personnel in Afghanistan. Right now we have, around 700 military forces, and next year, we will increase it up to 1,100. We will continue training and equipping security forces, both in Afghanistan and here in Turkey and we have started running the Kabul International Airport as well. We will be spending maybe another 50 million Euros to run this airport and we will continue supporting the development projects in Afghanistan in every field; infrastructure, agriculture and other kind of development projects, schools and hospital and so on. So, we will be supporting Afghanistan in the future as well.

Thank you.