By Nilay Kar Onum
ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu rejected on Thursday claims that the modernization of German-made Leopard tanks used by Turkish Armed Forces has been canceled.
“There would have been a commission meeting [in Germany] about Leopard tanks. This has been delayed. There is no suspension or cancelation,” Cavusoglu told reporters.
“We expect support and solidarity from our ally Germany, with which we’ve started fixing relations and taking positive steps, while we are fighting against terrorism," Turkish FM noted.
On Saturday, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as to protect the Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council’s decisions, self-defense rights under the UN charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without putting up a fight.
- European Central Bank holds key interest rates stable
- India's northeast turns into battleground amid protests
- Climate activists protest new plans amid EU summit
- Muslim countries should overcome their disputes: Turkey
- Turkey: Roma want involvement in government plan
- Turkey crucial in anti-ISIS/Daesh fight: Bulgaria
- Turkey, Russia troops complete 15th patrol in N.Syria
- Shared value of Turkic world: Chingiz Aitmatov
- Rohingya slam Suu Kyi for endorsing genocide
- Turkey plans 100,000 low-cost housing units per year
- US: 13,000 people sign up for drone rides at 25 cities
- Chile passes constitutional accusation for ex-minister
- UPDATE - Turkish Central Bank lowers interest rates 200 bps
- Mexican drug cartels targeting Thailand: US official
- Turkish Central Bank lowers interest rates 200 bps
Turkish FM denies Leopard tanks upgrade cancelled
By Nilay Kar Onum