Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, with his ministers in the background, makes his address during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara September 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday vowed to seek a peace deal with Kurdish rebels with new vigor and pursue an assertive foreign policy where Ankara would set its own agenda.Davutoglu, the former foreign minister who took over as premier from new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, reaffirmed ambitious goals to make Turkey a top 10 global economy and member of the EU by 2023 as he presented the program of his new government.But he said special priority would be paid to making peace with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels seeking self rule for Kurds in the southeast of Turkey, to end a three-decade insurgency that has claimed some 40,000 lives.
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