Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT attended the 140th IPU General Assembly held in Doha, the capital city of Qatar and gave a speech. 06.04.2019

Speaker Şentop stated that, “Regardless of religion, language and belief differences, without any tolerance for any kind of terror under any pretence, common fight against terror in an intimate, determined and consistent manner should be the common goal of all the countries in Asia.”

Şentop attended the 140th IPU General Assembly held in Doha, the capital city of Qatar and gave a speech.

Şentop indicated that he regarded Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) as a very important platform for parliamentary diplomacy and that they assumed Presidency of APA for the 2017-2019 term and reminded that the GNAT hosted the 10th APA General Assembly on November 20-25, 2017 and the 11th APA General Assembly on November 28-December 3, 2018 in Istanbul.

Şentop stated “As APA, it is our main objective to strengthen interparliamentary cooperation in the areas of peace, welfare, economic and social relations. With our cooperation, we could provide additional strength for traditional diplomacy and have a fair share in the solution of the problems of the Asian continent. In this respect, we have big responsibilities.”

Şentop highlighted the fact that the Asian continent is the rising power in global politics and economy and when taken into consideration that the 21st century is characterized essentially as “The Asian century”, supporting economic welfare in the region is of utmost importance for the international economic system as a whole.

Şentop pointed out that in the recent years, Asian countries have made serious progress in economy especially in matters like decreasing poverty and increasing income and added, “Many Asian countries have made critical progress on the way to exterminating poverty by the year 2030.”

Şentop indicated that improvement of an infrastructure supporting sustainable development in the continent would continue and added, “As the sustainable development process in question advances, needs related to those areas increase. Therefore, Asian countries not only need to have economic integration and cooperation for economic growth and development, but they should also increase their capacity development.”

Şentop stated that he believed rich human resources possessed by the countries in the region offers adequate potential in order to make progress in various areas related to development including science, technology, innovation, climate change, disaster management, sustainable agriculture, green growth, renewable energy, water resource management and health.

Şentop also stated that, “On the path to UN 2030 Development Goals, we believe that Asia could rise to become a continent of peace, stability and welfare through closing the gap between development levels among countries, overcoming poverty, achieving connectivity at the highest level, making progress in basic subjects like water, food and energy security.”

Şentop told that he believed the communities in the Asian region deserved to reach high quality life standards and added:

“The Asian continent has an exclusive place and importance in Turkish foreign policy. In our foreign policy, which we execute based on an innovative and humanitarian approach, we do not consider cooperation and friendship ties only with neighboring countries and nearby geographies. We are trying to actualize expansion mainly to Asia and all other continents and our partnership policies.”

Şentop stated that Turkey’s relations with the countries in Asia and international organizations are developing rapidly and that strategic partnership levels have been achieved with some countries in the continent and in the past decade, bilateral trade volume with all the countries in the region have increased dramatically.

Şentop said “We have established Sectoral Dialogue Partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which is one of the most significant interstate integration initiatives not only in the region but also worldwide and we have also established ‘After Forum Dialogue Partnership’ with Pacific Islands Forum, an another important organization.

Şentop pointed out that Turkey has expanded its diplomatic network in Asia by opening embassies in Brunei-Bandar Seri Begavan, Cambodia-Phnom Penh, Myanmar-Nepido and Laos-Vientian, and added “We are continuing our work to open new diplomatic representation offices in the upcoming term.”

Şentop also stated that Turkish Airlines is planning to expand its flight destinations and frequencies.

Şentop said, “As Turkey, while we execute our activities in the fields of peace and development, we make attempts with awareness and take pioneering steps regarding regional and global issues”. Şentop pointed out that, with this view, when compared to the national income and in total, Turkey is the country that provides most humanitarian aid around the world.

Şentop said that Turkey, which is among the OECD countries who have reached the highest growth rate, is a solid and trustworthy partner with its potential to support welfare in Asia.

Speaker Şentop stated that “In addition to its potential in the economic field, Turkey, who has determined strengthening multilateralism in the world, working together, finding peaceful solutions to conflicts and establishing mediatorship culture as prioritized goals of its foreign policy, has a valuable position in terms of regional and global peace and stability.

Şentop explained that the fight against terrorism and regional crisis management are the most important priorities in their foreign policy and added “We believe that as the international community, we can overcome these issues by finding a common ground and having sincere solidarity.”

Speaker Şentop stated that, “Regardless of religion, language and belief differences, without any tolerance for any kind of terror under any pretence, common fight against terror in an intimate, determined and consistent manner should be the common goal of all the countries in Asia.”

Şentop indicated that “PKK/PYD/YPG, FETÖ, DEAŞ and other terrorist organisations are all equally terrorists, they all pose a threat to human values, development and welfare of coummunities” and pointed out that those kinds of organizations pose a threat to the Asian continent as well as to other territories.

Şentop stated that:

“Today, terrosim and ‘Foreign Terrorist Warriors’ issue exposed by it poses a great threat to Asian countries as well as to Europe. The terrorist attack against a community praying during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand has deeply affected our humanity and wounded us all. The aforementioned racist and fascist terrorist attack which targeted innocent civilians fulfilling their holy duties reveals the dangerous dimensions reached by anti-Islamism and hostility against Muslims. The world should raise its voice against those kinds of acts targeting plural societies who have the will to live together within the framework of democracy, human rights and the rule of law and it should put an end to terrorism which is based on anti-Islamism.”.

Şentop cursed the terrorist attack in New Zealand and wished quick recovery for the wounded, wished God to rest the victims’ souls and offered his condolences to the people of New Zealand, victims’ families and loved ones.

Şentop stated that the Syrian crisis is all by itself a source of regional security issue and added, “We offer valuable contributions to the solution of this crisis within the framework of international law on the field an in the political process. There is no doubt that as long as the situation in Palestine perseveres, unfortunately the surrounding regions’ peace and welfare is in danger.”

Şentop stated that they have witnessed fortification of the ongoing occupation in Palestine and added “The U.S. moving its Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s violence policy against the people of Palestine and its expedited illegal layout plan distracts us from a final settlement. There is no explanation to this situation where the people of Palestine pay the price when Israel is solely responsible for the deadlock. All the members of the international community should give up waiting for the final settlement which is barricaded intentionally in order to recognize the State of Palestine.”

Şentop emphasized that the latest decision of the U.S. President Donald Trump about officially recognizing Israel’s occupation on Golan Heights is a clear violation of the principle of sovereignty which is one of the basic foundations of international law and continued:

“We expect revision of this wrong decision which will disrupt the Middle East Peace Process or even destroy it completely and we expect them to act within the scope of international law. It is primarily essential to establish a sincere and constructive will in the international community in order to solve regional crises. With this view, Turkey exerts its active efforts to find peaceful solutions to conflicts and to succeed in the area of mediating. We host conferences on mediating in our country. We are working to strengthen mediation capacities of the UN, OSCE and OIC.”

Şentop pointed out that no matter in what area, issues can be solved by exhibiting a sincere and constructive will and added, “As the members of APA, we can achieve this. With its current potential, the continent of Asia can set an example to the world for the establishment of economic welfare. There is no doubt that economic welfare should be the common focal point for all the countries in the continent and it should be supported effectively.”

Şentop indicated that it is essential to improve humane conditions on the path to economic welfare and it should be the primary objective to set living stands for all the communities in Asia that are compatible with human dignity in areas including security and health.

Şentop stated that, “It will be our common benefit to support welfare in Asia. Let’s make projects for the benefit of our peoples by taking advantage of platforms like APA. Let’s shape our common future together.”