Turkey's Asia Anew initiative no "axis shift": FM

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-09 01:14:56|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ANKARA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) --Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday Turkey will advance its relations with Asian countries under the newly launched Asia Anew initiative, but it is "not an axis shift."

Asia is becoming the world's economic center, and Turkey wants to further enhance its relations with Asia in multiple dimensions, Cavusoglu said at a press conference in the capital Ankara.

However, the Asia Anew initiative is "not an axis shift," as Turkey will not turn its back on Europe, he emphasized.

Turkish Foreign Ministry recently has launched a new initiative called "Asia Anew" which aims to boost ties with Asian countries.

The initiative calls for boosting cooperation on education, defense industry, investment, trade, technology, culture, political dialogue, Cavusoglu said.

"We see that the power of economy is heading from the West to the East and Asia has started to emerge as the center of power," Cavusoglu said, addressing Turkish ambassadors.

He underlined the necessity of implementing a new policy in Asia, adding that Turkey will further develop its relations with Asian nations and regional organizations "with a holistic approach."