The Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday that Turkey had assumed a role to settle global and regional peace.


Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that there was no shift in Turkey's course, and Turkey had undertaken the role of settling global and regional peace.

Davutoglu had a meeting with British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband in Ankara.

After their meeting, Davutoglu told a joint press conference with Miliband that they had discussed bilateral relations, regional developments, and Turkey's relations with the European Union (EU).

Davutoglu thanked Britain for its support to Turkey's EU accession process, and said they also discussed Cyprus issue in detail.

"Britain is not a third party in Cyprus issue, but it is one of the guarantor states under the treaties that founded the Cyprus state," he said.

Davutoglu said Britain and Turkey had agreed to monitor developments in Cyprus more closely from now on.

The Turkish minister said Miliband had just returned from a tour to the Middle East, and therefore they discussed developments in that region.

Davutoglu said Miliband and he also debated Turkey's Middle East policy, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visits to Iraq, Syria, Iran and Pakistan.

Miliband and he also exchanged views on other issues, concerning the region and Turkey, particularly Russia, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu also said that he would visit London within a few weeks.