Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday published an Eid al-Adha message calling on the people of Turkey and Muslims throughout the world for unity and fraternity.
Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two main religious holidays for Muslims all over the world and celebrated as a national holiday in Turkey. The Feast of Sacrifice is a tradition of sacrificing an animal and distributing the meat to those in need.
Erdogan commented on recent terror attacks carried out by the outlawed PKK throughout Turkey which claimed the lives of at least 121 members of Turkey's security forces.
Saying "Each and every single citizen who lives in this country is equal, and has equal value," Erdogan stated that that the spirit of unity, fraternity and solidarity enables the people to overcome critical periods together.
Referring to the refugee crisis and the latest incidents taking place in Jerusalem, Erdogan also said that Turkey is the "final sanctuary" for all oppressed Muslims throughout the world.
Meanwhile, speaking at a news conference during a visit to Moscow on Wednesday, Erdogan called on the EU to do more to resolve the Syrian refugee crisis.
“The solution to the refugee crisis cannot be achieved by closing the borders or leaving those people to die in the sea. It can only be achieved by transforming their countries into habitable places where the refugees can live,” he said.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also published a message saying the Feast of Sacrifice should be seen as an opportunity to stand against people who attack the unity of society and try to separate the country with recent terror attacks.
Davutoglu also addressed the families of those killed in terror attacks and said “be sure that your sorrow is the sorrow of 78 million [people of Turkey], the wound of all of our hearts.”