Davutoglu says terror has no religion or ethnicity

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu demands same support for struggle against PKK as ISIS, saying 'terror has no religion or ethnicity’

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu holds a press conference at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara on Thursday ahead of his departure for the United States

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that he would demand the same support for the struggle against the PKK as for the fight again ISIS from the international community in the 70th UN General Assembly in the United States.

Davutoglu said in a press conference before his departure for the United States that "We will mention the importance of the necessity of struggling with all kinds of terrorism with equal determination in the meetings because unfortunately the reaction to the ISIS is not the same as the reaction to the PKK which has killed security officers and civilians in the last two months in Turkey."

Davutoglu emphasised that "terror has no religion or ethnicity for us and it is very important that the whole international community should struggle against the terrorism with the same determination."

Davutoglu also touched upon the tragic Mecca stampede, which claimed the lives of more than 700 Hajj pilgrims and injured at least 800 on Thursday, saying, "Now our priority is treating the wounds as soon as possible, identifying the deceased primarily and relieving the pain and sorrow caused by the accident.”

"The whole Islamic world is in a deep sadness over the incident and these issues should be handled calmly. I hope that Saudi Arabia will gain sufficient experience from these incidents and take the necessary steps,”  the Prime Minister added.

Davutoglu also offered his condolences to Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the Kingdom's crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef as well as the families of the victims.

TRTWorld and agencies