December 31, 2011

Turkey Gov Aims to Make Istanbul a Major Hub for the United Nations

In signing a cooperation protocol with the Istanbul Municipality Government, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the government aims to make Istanbul a major hub for the United Nations and world financial and cultural organizations reports Hurriyet Daily News.


Davutoğlu said the government wanted to make Istanbul a center for politics and diplomacy as a “U.N. city.” “We want all countries’ flags to wave in Istanbul. It’s a diplomatic perspective. “We aim to make Istanbul a U.N. center for issues of mediation, peace and issues concerning the future of humanity,” Davutoğlu said. “We agree with the U.N. on these matters and determined we have an important place [in these discussions].”

The foreign minister also said the government hopes Istanbul will become a center for finance, a main center for global economic influx and a main station for transportation lines. He said Turkey has already had talks with Switzerland and Luxembourg on the subject.

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