During the Gezi protests and PKK terror campaigns, the unity and solidarity of the Turkish nation were attacked.

But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.

Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries, and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.

Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.

Attempts by one ethnic group to exercise sovereignty over another are not fair. It doesn't matter if that ethnicity is Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, Chaldean or whatever.

Time to time I get together with the rabbis, with religious leaders, leaders of congregations, and I talk to them, and wherever a need arises, we do everything we can to meet those needs.

My visit to the United States has also given me the opportunity to emphasize the objective of establishing close and intensive links between the Turkish and American peoples, scholars and businessmen.

We have to fight all terrorist groups, and not arm one to fight another.

In this context, social consensus, and institutions that embody this consensus, must be made effective in order for democratization not to be abused as a provisional instrument to establish an anti-democratic regime.

A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Otherwise, you'd be exploiting religion, and religion is so supreme that it cannot be exploited or taken advantage of.

A federated structure in Iraq based on ethnicity or religious sects will not be healthy.

The fact that a woman is attached to her professional life should not prevent her from being a mother.

Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh are obliged to prove it. If not, you are slanderer.

So far, I have not come to any of the positions that I have filled through wanting to be there. I was sought - people wanted me to come to those posts. I am talking about all my positions: mayor of Istanbul, chairman of the party, prime minister.

It is essential that policy instruments be developed that would firmly establish democratization on the basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.

Once the people of Iraq know when the U.S. troops will leave, their confidence in the U.S. will increase.

It is impossible to preserve my friendship with people who are allegedly leaders when they are attacking their own people, shooting at them, using tanks and other forms of heavy weaponry.

The members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria are also part of the Syrian people, and they have the right to exercise their democratic rights.

A woman who abstains from motherhood saying 'I am working' means she is in fact rejecting motherhood.

Our country and our nation have again only one message to those who attack us - you will not succeed!

I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime. I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well.

We have never done anything to stop freedom of expression or freedom of press.

Being in the European Union, we would be building bridges between the 1.5 bn people of Muslim world to the non-Muslim world. They have to see this. If they ignore it, it brings weakness to the E.U.

Turkey is a sovereign state, just like the U.S. We might go to different directions, in terms of our impressions and ideas, but we'll always remain friends.

It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made: In the Middle East and in the Muslim world, suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.

Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.

Several experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized.

There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.

You cannot defend a terrorist group just because they are fighting Daesh.

A fitting external security environment could also play an important role in promoting social consensus and institutionalization towards democratization.

Turkey will be in Cyprus forever.

Why shouldn't Turkey be in the Shanghai Five?

Every country needs a strong leader in order to progress.

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.

We are concerned that Germany, which has protected the PKK and DHKP-C for years, has become the backyard of the Gulenist terror organisation.

The PKK is the number one threat in terms of terror in our country.

Jerusalem is holy to three religions. You have to respect that.

Satire, whether it be satire or not, everything has to have boundaries.

Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization.

Russia and Iran back Assad, but are they fighting Daesh? The answer is 'no.'

I am aware of the thesis that the United States has long since invested exclusively in stability and this has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East.

In the process of the Arab Spring, we have unfortunately seen a development in Syria where the regime has been oppressing its people.

I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current.

Islam is a religion. It is not an ideology. For a Muslim, there is no such thing as to be against modernity. Why should a Muslim not be a modern person? I, as a Muslim, fulfill all the requirements of my religion, and I live in a democratic, social state.

A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community.

We have extradited terrorists to the United States in the past. And we expect the same thing to be done by the United States.

Among leaders in Europe there are those who have prejudices against Turkey, like France and Germany.

I regard the endorsement of both the objective and a method - which can differ from one country to another- of democratization by the parties in the region as a basic requisite of democratization in the Middle East.