Connect with us

Featured

Turkish Soldiers In Qatar Guarantee Its Stability While Stabilizing The Entire Gulf: Erdogan

Published

on

Turkey’s Army presence in Qatar serves the stability and peace not only for Qatar but for the entire Gulf region, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president said.

“No one except for those making plans of chaos should be disturbed by Turkey and the Turkish military presence in the Gulf,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview published in The Peninsula on Thursday, the day after his working visit to the Gulf country.

Speaking to Khalid Mubarak Al-Shafi, editor-in-chief of the Qatari daily, he called the Turkey-Qatar Combined Joint Force Command “a symbol of brotherhood, friendship, solidarity between the two countries,” adding those who run ill-propaganda on the base are not well-intentioned.

Touching on Turkey’s position in Syria, Erdogan reiterated that the country has no design on anyone’s territory and is never permanent in the civil war-torn country. “When the crisis is permanently resolved, our presence in Syria will come to an end.”

With nearly 911 kilometers border with Syria, Turkey is one of the countries that most affected by the conflict that began in 2011, he said and stressed that no state would allow a terrorist organization to remain across its borders.

“Thanks to the efforts exerted by Turkey and the Free Syrian Army, stability and peace have been restored in regions once associated with terrorism, cruelty and oppression,” he said, adding so far over 400,000 refugees returned home.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).

Responding to a question on Turkey-US relations, Erdogan said Turkey will continue to work together with the US in all platforms, including NATO, on such issues as fighting against terrorism, democracy and termination of conflicts.

“Although we have taken separate positions with the United States on various issues from time to time, we have placed great importance on not undermining the strategic partnership between us,” he said, however pointing out the strained Turkish-US relations for a number of reasons such as Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles and counter-terrorism operations in northern Syria against the YPG/PKK, a terror group the US has supported as an enemy of Daesh/ISIS, and the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, the ringleader of the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.

‘Legitimacy will succeed in Libya’

On Libya, Erdogan said that the Government of National Accord is the only legitimate structure in Libya and the legitimacy will succeed there while the putschists will lose.

“In line with the legitimate government’s request, the Turkish Armed Forces are carrying out training and support activities in Libya. The putschist Haftar, on the other hand, has neither legitimacy nor international recognition,” Erdogan stated.

Libya has been torn by a civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) was founded in 2015 under UN-led agreement. But efforts for a long-term political settlement have failed due to a military offensive by forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Diplomatic efforts have been underway in recent weeks to resolve the Libyan conflict following victories by the Libyan army against Haftar’s militias.

Addressing the Eastern Mediterranean issue, Erdogan said: “Those who see our determination in the Eastern Mediterranean and realized that they cannot make our country step back with empty threats and blackmails has eventually paid heed to our calls for dialogue.”

Recalling that on all platforms Turkey mentioned that it will not accept any solution that disregards Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Erdogan said his country will resolutely continue to protect and defend its rights and interests.

Tensions have been running high for months as Greece has disputed Turkey’s rights to energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara sent out drillships to explore for energy on its continental shelf, asserting its rights in the region as well as those of the TRNC.

Turkey says that Greece’s maritime territorial claims in the region, based on small islands near the Turkish coast, are in defiance of the international law.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

F-35-INDIA F-35-INDIA
Americas4 hours ago

Japanese F35s, US Navy Display Their ‘Muscle Power’ Amid Chinese Belligerence In The Indo-Pacific

The US and Japan are continuing the efforts to thwart Chinese influence in the Indo- Pacific region with joint military...

HAL-TEJAS HAL-TEJAS
Expert Reviews5 hours ago

Not LCA Tejas, This Was India’s 1st Indigenous Fighter Jet That Terrorized Pak Air Force Without Even A Single Loss

Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India is the new slogan introduced by the current BJP government, but the importance of building...

India-UAE India-UAE
Featured9 hours ago

Why Satellite Hacking Has Become The ‘Biggest Global Threat’ For Countries Like US, China, Russia & India?

The US Air Force in April this year organised a hackathon to test the vulnerabilities of its military satellites in...

CPEC-Project CPEC-Project
Featured9 hours ago

Bloody Days Ahead As India, Pakistan Join Two Opposite Military-Blocks Of The Middle-East

OPED By Haider Abbas. Edited By Younis Dar

SAAB-GRIPEN SAAB-GRIPEN
Featured11 hours ago

Indian Air Force Bound To Reject Gripen Fighter Jets After SAAB’ Secretive Military Deal With Pakistan?

Having been ruled out of the race for Indian Air Force’s (IAF) procurement of modern fighters for their depleted squadrons...

Trump-Putin-Meeting Trump-Putin-Meeting
Americas12 hours ago

Like Iran, US Looks To ‘Take-Out’ Its 2nd Biggest Global Adversary But Russia Determined To Thwart Plans

With rising tensions in Latin America, the US and Russia are yet again using their influence in the region. In...

KAZAKHSTAN-INDIA-CHINA KAZAKHSTAN-INDIA-CHINA
Featured12 hours ago

Right Under The Nose Of China, India Looks To Ink Defence Pact With Its Key Neighbour – Kazakhstan

Regardless of the Corona Virus pandemic that has eclipsed the basic functioning of the world, the year 2020 has been...

S400-VS-F35 S400-VS-F35
Americas22 hours ago

Trump Administration Secretly Helped Afghan Taliban, Even Deployed MQ-9 Reaper Drones To Fight ISIS – Reports

As the war-torn Afghanistan awaits peace while US-Taliban deal to end the conflict remains underway, a report by The Washington...

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Asia Pacific22 hours ago

Not Only Ladakh, Satellite Images Reveal Rapid Chinese Construction Near ”Tri-Junction’ Doklam

China has begun the construction of Shigatse Tingri airport in Tibet as part of the 3+1 airport construction project to...

SU-30 SU-30
Americas1 day ago

Unveiled: CIA’s ‘Top Secret’ Program To Acquire Russian Fighter Jets For Dogfighting Against US Warplanes

In a bid to outperform the Soviet Union (now Russia) if a World War ever broke out, the US carried...

Advertisement