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In first foreign policy speech, Turkey's FM asks NATO to be 'considerate,' slams PKK

Laying out Turkey's foreign policy priorities, Hakan Fidan set forth a national security-oriented agenda, striking a more hawkish tone on the Kurdistan Workers Party while softening his language on regional ties.
Turkey's newly appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Hakan Fidan.

ANKARA — Articulating his foreign policy vision for the first time since he took over the office, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan unveiled a national security and economy-oriented foreign policy vision on Monday, pledging a stronger military and economy at home and deepening cooperation abroad. Turkey's top diplomat also asked some NATO members to end all cooperation with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

“We expect NATO to be equally considerate about each of its members’ security concerns and threats it faces,” Fidan said in a speech addressing the annual conference of ambassadors in Ankara. The conference is convening for the 14th time this week under the theme “Century of Turkey.” 

“We reiterate our call on some NATO countries to immediately end their overt or covert cooperation with the PKK in Syria and Iraq," he added as the alliance awaits Turkey's parliament to ratify Sweden's membership

In neighboring Syria, Fidan left no option off the table in securing Turkey's interests. "We will make every effort to prevent Syria from being a haven for terrorist organizations and an arena for proxy wars," he said. 

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