(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Tokyo: Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that his country will continue their mediation efforts to resolve the GCC crisis through dialogue.
Cavusoglu said in an interview with Japanese television that the siege Qatar is subjected to is a mistake on a humanitarian level. He noted also that Turkey has strong ties with the GCC. He stressed that Turkey is focused on resolving the GCC crisis through dialogue, rather than enforcing a siege. He added that his country was neutral on the issue, but believe that the allegations directed at Qatar need backing.
On ties with the European Union, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs said that joining the EU was a strategic goal for Turkey. He maintained however that this goal should not be used by EU member countries as a political tool.
He added that developing ties with Asia was not a replacement for Turkey's ties with Europe, but that Ankara is seeking to have positive ties with many sides.