Erdogan: Turkey was left alone at every step it took during Syrian crisis

Orient Net 2019-11-01 08:09:00

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The safe zones in Syria, established through Turkey's lengthy efforts, are the most peaceful and livable places in the country today, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday (October 31).

Turkey, however, was left alone at almost every step it took during the Syrian crisis, he added.

Erdogan said those who did nothing in the last eight years, except erecting barbed wires for Syrian refugees, continue blocking Turkey's efforts to ease the refugees' homesickness.

"If necessary, Turkey on its own will establish a city for refugees in Syria," he said at a gathering in Istanbul.

Turkey hosts around 4 million refugees - mainly from Syria - more than any other country in the world.

"We did not provide all these services with any expectation, but as our human and moral responsibilities," he added.

Erdogan went on saying that unsolicited "advice" was the only support which Turkey received from the international community.

"The mentality which considers a drop of oil more valuable than a drop of blood sees nothing but its own interest in Syria and around the world. When we look around, we see only humans, souls and life," he said, adding that this is what differentiates Turkey from others.

Earlier on Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring, the third in a series of cross-border anti-terror operations in northern Syria. The operation aims to drive ISIS, and PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists away from Turkey's southeastern border with Syria and establish a terror-free safe zone for the repatriation of Syrian refugees.

Based on Daily Sabah, AA