Turkey's unique location opens its way toward becoming a global energy centre in the near future, experts and world leaders agree.
Experts say that continued collaboration provides a chance for Turkey to enhance its relationship with the EU.
Cultural development and security grow when regional countries assist one another, experts said.
Locals hope that the open border crossings will reduce smuggling.
Officials said regional cadets and doctors training at Turkey's facilities will help military forces throughout the region.
Reforms and implementation of international standards are among the latest efforts to eradicate the problem.
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The European Union recently said it would provide 12.2 million euros to help Turkey meet the needs of refugees from Syria. Will more assistance from the EU be needed to assist Turkey and other counties cope with the refugees?
Journalist Mustafa Balbay (centre) embraces some of his relatives on Monday (December 9th) after he was released from prison in Sincan, near Ankara. Balbay had been jailed for five years. His release followed a court decision that said his detention exceeded a reasonable duration and his rights to stand for election were violated. Balbay was elected to parliament in 2011. [AFP]