Turkey is trying to find a solution based on the demographic reality of Syria’s territorial integrity, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday after the recent clashes, calling on influential regional actors to do the same, Anadolu reported.
“We take an approach that encompasses all ethnic and sectarian differences and all sectors of all countries in the region and stand by their side in difficult times,” Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting in the capital, Ankara.
By ensuring the security of Turkey’s borders, Erdogan said Ankara is also protecting the balance in the region.
“We believe that the most correct, healthy and sustainable solution is to establish an administrative structure that takes into account the demographic reality of the region, especially the (Iraqi) city of Kirkuk,” Erdogan said.
He also spoke about Syria and US support for the YPG/PKK terrorist group.
“As for Syria, we have repeatedly warned the US that it should not cooperate with a separatist terrorist organization, and if it continues to behave in this way, its interests and the region will suffer in the future,” Erdogan said, referring to the support of the USA to the terrorist group YPG/PKK.
He emphasized that recent events clearly show that Turkey’s concerns and warnings are justified.
“The (Syrian) regime’s stubborn insistence on being part of the problem, not the solution, deepens the problems in the region. Turkiye is determined to continue working towards a lasting solution based on Syria’s territorial integrity and demographic reality, including ethnic and sectarian composition. We call on all parties, including America , Russia, Iran and the regime, which have influence on groups in the region to make efforts in that direction,” Erdogan said.
On Monday, the Turkish president paid a one-day working visit to the Russian coastal city of Sochi, where he discussed regional and global issues, as well as bilateral relations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Revival of last year’s historic Black Sea grain agreement that helped ease the global food crisis was the main issue on the meeting’s agenda.
Erdogan said tonight in Ankara that they had a comprehensive and productive meeting in Sochi.
“At a time when the Russia-Ukraine war continues, I believe the world appreciates the value of the meeting at a time when many humanitarian topics were on the table, especially the grain corridor,” Turkish President Erdogan added.
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