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Multifaceted Foreign Policy

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Submitted by Aslan Yuksel (Lebanon), Dec 30, 2007 at 18:09

Turkey is active in its foreign relations in all regions. While integration with EU is a priority topic of Turkish foreign policy, it is by no means an alternative to Turkey's strong transatlantic ties and strategic cooperation with the United States. Nor Turkey's new activism to play a constructive role in the Middle East, benefiting from the excellent relations with the countries of the region constitutes an estrangement from the West.

On the contrary, these relations complement each other and make up a multifaceted foreign policy, a strong character in her foreign relations since 1923. US, Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Black Sea, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Central Asia all figure prominetly in Turkey's agenda to create an environment of security, stability, prosperity, friendship and cooperation all around itself.

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