Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu says as Turkey draws more attention of international organizations in recent years, Istanbul now ranks second after New York City for housing them.
“Number of representative offices in Turkey used to be 160 and now it has risen to 266. Considering the presence of representative offices of international organizations, Istanbul ranks second after New York City. Istanbul has become center of regional offices and we are making efforts to have Istanbul a regional center of the United Nations and a center for diplomacy,” he said.
Speaking at the “Honorary Consuls” meet in Antalya, Cavusoglu expressed Turkish non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must play an active role in Turkey’s foreign policy, contributing to the country’s visibility and influence.
“Turkey has opened over 50 representative offices in the past five years. We have a total of 228 representative offices abroad, making us sixth in the world and plan to increase this number to 241,” he said.
Cavusoglu reminded that Turkey’s visibility and reputation have accelerated as the country takes part in development projects and humanitarian aid in different parts of the world while confirming that Turkey comes third in providing humanitarian aid after the US and UK.
He informed that humanitarian aid in Turkey has extended and has totaled $1.7 billion in 2014 and the development grants have reached $3.3 billion so far.