In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s remarks that Turkey was trying to revive “imperial dreams” in former Ottoman Empire territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the Ottomans’ past also belonged to the Arabs, not just the Turks.
Answering reporters’ questions upon returning from Cairo, Davutoğlu also rejected the criticisms that Turkey was pursuing a foreign policy that was influenced by the West. “Our policy toward Syria is a substantive one, similar to what we did in Egypt and Libya. Our priority is the creation of a regional initiative on the Syrian issue and moving forward with the Arab League. We hope that [the protests in Syria] will end in a positive way.”