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Turkish Defense Minister Akar: “Turkey will do what is necessary to defend its rights and interests”


AA / Istanbul

“The necessary will be done in Syria, under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when the time comes. Let no one be in doubt,” Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said of the attacks in the country. northern Syria.

Akar was speaking on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the year 2021-2022 of the University of National Defense in Istanbul.

Important developments and changes are to be reported in matters relating to defense and security on a global and regional scale, Akar said.

“Turkey is following them closely and is taking all preventive measures, he said. Turkey, under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has become a player on the international stage.”

Akar said he is closely following developments in Iraq and northern Syria, Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus, adding: “We are instantly following up with the reports we receive. To defend our rights and interests , the necessary will be done under the leadership of President Erdogan when the time comes. Let no one be in doubt. “

“There is no question of giving up the fight or of making concessions. It is our duty to defend the rights of our noble people,” he insisted.

Akar then returned to the agreements made with the United States and Russia over northern Syria.

“At the level of agreements, we take seriously and apply carefully what is our responsibility. Likewise, in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus, in a climate of good neighborliness, we do what is our responsibility within the framework of international law. We place ourselves on the side of peace and dialogue. However, we do not and will not accept any fait accompli. In this sense, we are determined and we have the strength “, a he concluded.

* Translated from Turkish by Ayse Betul Akcesme

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