Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has described the admittance of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) an observer member to the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) during the organisation’s recent summit held in Samarkand as a historic step.
Speaking at a conference on “Entrepreneurial and Humanitarian Turkish Foreign Policy” held at the Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu hailed the decision adopted by the Organization of Turkic States at the recent meeting held in Samarkand on November 11, to grant observer status to the TRNC.
He added that this was a historic step.
Touching upon the reactions by the European Union, the US, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration on the issue, he said “the EU, the US, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration might be uncomfortable, but we cannot achieve unity if we are afraid to take steps just because others will feel uncomfortable. They threatened and put pressure on Turkic states, but they have seen that the Turkic world will no longer bow to such threats and pressures.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister also pointed out that Türkiye was a unique country in the sense it could form relations with countries in every geography.