Turkey, Norway to cooperate in peacemaking efforts

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Norway have signed an accord on exchanging diplomats to facilitate mutual learning from each other’s experiences in peace mediation efforts.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Monday that Turkey wanted to work more closely with Norway in relation to developments in the Middle East, the Palestinian issue, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

“We will engage in joint efforts as much as possible, so that peace and stability dominate in these regions,” Davutoğlu said after the signing ceremony with his Norwegian counterpart, Jonas Gahr Store.

Davutoğlu hailed Turkey’s relations with Norway as “exceptional” and expressed his delight to cooperate with his counterpart in the international arena, who he said is “one of the most hard-working foreign ministers and particularly stands out with peace initiatives.”

The two foreign ministers discussed bilateral relations and regional developments and both countries are determined to increase bilateral trade volume, which currently stands at $1.1 billion.

Davutoğlu told reporters that he discussed the developments in Libya with Store and said he considers Norway’s mediation experience is quite valuable.

Store said Turkey is an important part of the agenda-making process in current regional and global matters, adding that despite vast historical, geographical and cultural differences, the two countries have complementary characteristics. Store said both countries have a different perspectives in regional stability and harmony and that there is a great potential for cooperation between the two countries.