BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pledged security cooperation with China, adding that it treats China’s security as its own, at a press conference held alongside his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, in Beijing, Thursday.
Cavusoglu noted that Ankara would “treat threats to China’s security as threats to ourselves” and that it would not allow “any anti-China activity inside Turkey or territory controlled by Turkey.”
Commenting on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the US would like dialogue with Pyongyang “at some point”, Wang expressed support for it, adding that Beijing hopes the US “can put the ‘Four Nos’ principle into an actual policy towards North Korea.”
The Chinese foreign minister went on to say that Beijing “explicitly disagrees with North Korea’s recent move to launch ballistic missiles. Meanwhile, we appeal that the relevant sides don’t take any action that could escalate the situation on the peninsula.”
Cavusoglu is visiting China en route to the Philippines, where he is due to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila.
Earlier in the week, following Pyongyang’s test of its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Tillerson stated that Washington did not seek a regime change in North Korea and that it would attempt to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme through peaceful pressure.