Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that there has been a rise in Islamophobia and people needed a new spirit of tolerance everywhere. In an interview with the BBC, Davutoglu said "Turkey is one of the biggest contributors to peacekeeping efforts in a military sense, everywhere, all around the world."

Davutoglu said Ankara had pledged to increase its contribution by 1,000 troops in Afghanistan in the last month. Turkey has taken over military command in Kabul; it has spent more than 200 million U.S. dollars in the past five years on reconstruction, building 50 schools and hospitals that have treated a million Afghans, he said.

"We shouldn't use the term foreign troops," he said. "We are there as the international community to help Afghan people."

Davutoglu said there would be more help for the Afghan military from Turkey.

In regard to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Davutoglu said, "if they feel isolated from the support of NATO, it will be a big problem."

"We want Bosnia-Herzegovina to feel that the international community cares for them. We cannot forget that we watched three years of massacres in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now we can't just leave them alone," he said.

Davutoglu said that Turkey's new regional vision was "zero-problem" with its neighbours; its relations in particular with Iran, Iraq and Syria have improved dramatically compared to a decade ago.

In regard to Turkey's EU membership, Davutoglu said, "I'm sure Turkey will be a member, a contributing member - not a burden, but a big asset for the EU."

"We want to be a member of the EU," said the minister. "I am an academic. Statistics say something. All the countries that start accession negotiations with the EU, they became members of the EU, except Norway which didn't want it.

"Based on this statistical analysis, I can say, Turkey will be a member of the EU, 100%," he said.

"There are two ways in front of the EU," he said. "Either the EU will be a global power, a dynamic economy and a multicultural global environment, or a continental power with a less dynamic economy, with a more inward-looking culture. These are the two options."

"Turkey is a litmus test for this. With Turkey the EU will be a global power, much more strategically important, with a much more dynamic economy, with a strong hinterland with rich economic resources," Davutoglu said.