Speaker Şentop explained that the world is facing various challenges like displacement due to serious movements of migration and stated, “We must develop a common stance against these issues by taking multilateralism and common efforts as our basis. Therefore, I endorse this year’s theme of “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership” and I think that it is well-timed and appropriate for the spirit of the time.”
Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT indicated that certain international organizations, particularly the United Nations (UN) are far from fulfilling their missions like establishing world peace, which was projected in their founding purpose and reminded that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey expressed his objection to this situation by saying “The world is bigger than five”.
Mustafa Şentop underlined the fact that handling international politics and global balance through dynamic and veritable institutions is the most rationalistic approach and made the following assessment “Hence, I believe that evaluating parliamentary diplomacy processes and interparliamentary summits, which have gained momentum within the recent years in this aspect is significant and vital.”
Şentop pointed out the fact that the parliaments have been playing a significant role in diplomacy and foreign policy by stating, “Parliamentarians have become more active in shaping and implementing foreign policy. We, as representatives of our people must use parliamentary diplomacy efficiently in the Eurasian region which is located in the heart of the world.”
Speaker Şentop reminded that Turkey has launched an initiative titled “Asia again” which is suitable with the extensive transition that has been ongoing in the great Eurasia region, “With this initiative, Turkey aims to benefit more effectively and efficiently from the versatile dynamism which surfaced around Asia in general and she wishes to make contributions to that.”
Şentop stated that, they regard the “Process of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments” as one of the multilateral parliamentary dimensions of this new initiative and that they attached importance to it.
Mustafa Şentop pointed out that Turkey has been conducting its foreign policy with the principle of “Peace at home, peace in the world”, “With this understanding, we have established mechanisms of High Level Cooperation Councils with many countries. We will increase those through our initiative titled ‘Asia again’.”
Speaker Şentop expressed that “regional ownership” concept is of importance in order to find precise solutions to conflicts in immediate environments, “Within this framework, we are spearheading multilateral cooperation processes and regional initiatives. As a matter of fact, we consider the process of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments as the parliamentary diplomacy dimension of regional ownership concept.”
Şentop reminded that Turkey is the country who has been hosting the largest number of refugees in the world and stated, “Turkey has been the second country who has provided the largest amount of humanitarian aid in 2016 and 2015, and she became the third in 2014, 2013 and 2012. In this respect, perhaps Turkey is not among the richest countries in the world; however she is the most generous one. This situation shows the best result when it comes to expressing our foreign policy’s human dimension.”
After his address to the General Assembly, the Speaker of the GNAT took a family photo with other participating Speakers.