Erdogan: Turkey doesn't have eyes on anyone's land

Erdogan: Turkey doesn't have eyes on anyone's land
Turkey has no eyes on anybody's land, freedom or interests, but is currently carrying out an anti-terror operation in northeastern Syria out of necessity to ensure national security, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday (October 21).

"Others may have different interests in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Africa and the Balkans but Turkey is there (in Syria) only because of a common fate with our brothers and sisters," the president said.

Erdogan highlighted that Turkey will continue to maintain its firm stance against terrorists and oppressors and will never sit on the negotiating table with the terrorists.

Noting that the world has been through radical transformations throughout the centuries, Erdogan said that the Middle East, in particular, has been through ups and downs.

"Even though the center of gravity that has been changing and the world seems like it has changed in the past few centuries, this region remains as the focus of the struggle," the president said, adding that this puts Turkey in the center of all developments.

The president criticized the West for siding with People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists, and questioned their sincerity regarding the fight against terrorism.

Erdogan also said he will be traveling to the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi on Tuesday to hold a meeting with Vladimir Putin to discuss the developments in Syria and steps to be taken.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria targeting terrorists affiliated with ISIS and the PKK's Syrian offshoot the YPG, on Oct. 9.

Turkey and Washington agreed on Thursday for Ankara to halt its operation for 120 hours while YPG terrorists withdraw from a safe zone in northeastern Syria.

Based on DS

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