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Turkey backs Syria’s territorial integrity: FM

Turkey backs Syria’s territorial integrity: FM
Foreign Minister Cavusoglu slams 'double standards' of US and some EU countries

By Ahmet Sait Akcay

ANKARA (AA) - Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday reiterated Turkey's stance that the country fully backed Syria's territorial integrity despite the launch of Afrin operation.

Talking to Al Jazeera, Cavusoglu said: "There is no other country in the region or beyond supporting Syria's territorial integrity and sovereignty more than Turkey.

"And also in Astana, in Sochi, if you look at these declarations, you will see that we are for unity and territorial integrity of the country," he added.

About the rocket attacks carried out by the YPG/PKK terrorists based in Syria on Turkey, he blamed the U.S. and European countries for providing weapons to the terror group.

"They were sending harassment fires, rockets to different parts of Turkey. It became a serious threat to our security and to our borders," he said.

Cavusoglu slammed the double standards of the U.S. and some European countries.

"Particularly in our fight against terrorism, we see double standards everywhere, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

"In Europe also, even some countries, they support PKK just because they share [the] same ideology, Marxist, communist ideology."

He also said Turkey was aware of some neighboring countries' unhappiness over the role Turkey was playing in Syria.

Referring to Syria's Aleppo situation, he said: "We were the only country who helped those civilians and the opposition to be evacuated from Aleppo. We worked with Russia.

"Russia actually delivered what they promised."

source: News Feed
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