Interview With Ambasador Dr. Oguz Celikkol

30 August 2018
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Sibel KARABEL: Turkey has been through an election period recently. Regarding Turkey’s future in this context, how would you assess the new governments’ foreign policy priorities? In addition to this, what do you think Turkey will face as main foreign policy issues in this era?

I think Syria will be a significant foreign policy issue for Turkey for the foreseeable future. Since the situation in Syria has been occupying an important place in Turkey’s foreign policy agenda, Turkey has taken both military and diplomatic steps to strengthen its position in Syrian crisis for a long time. The two military operations that took place one after another were quite important and created the necessary atmosphere for Turkey to be a major player in Syrian question since Ankara now establishes its presence in that country.


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