Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on September 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to seek a peace deal with Kurdish rebels with a new vigor Monday, and to pursue an assertive foreign policy by which Ankara would set its own agenda.Davutoglu, who was previously the foreign minister, but 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 a member of the EU by 2023 – as he presented the program of his new government.Davutoglu – who was criticized by some analysts for pursuing an overly ambitious foreign policy while he was the country's top diplomat – said Turkey would carry on with its assertive diplomacy.
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