Turkey’s Security Council focuses on fight against terrorism

Top security meeting in Turkey deals with several issues with most attention being given to fight against terrorism

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A meeting of the Turkish National Security Council lasted for nearly six hours

Members of the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) met in the capital Ankara on Friday to discuss several issues, mainly focusing on terrorism, along with the Syrian crisis and relations with Russia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired the meeting which lasted for 5 hours and 45 minutes at the presidential complex.

Following the meeting, an official statement was issued by the presidency's press office.

The statement emphasized Turkey’s efforts against both internal and external terror threats.

Accordingly, it said that Turkey supported Iraqi people against terror groups such as DAESH and others, statement said these groups targeted "Iraq's territorial unity and sovereignty."

After the high level meeting, Turkish officials also asserted their determination in the struggle against domestic terror groups, including the PKK and the parallel state structure.

The statement noted that anti terror operations against terror groups which disrupt social unity and peace in the country would continue until "terror is eliminated."

During the meeting, Russian activities in Syria and their consequences, namely an increased influx of refugees, were also discussed while the attitude of Russia against Turkey was considered "unacceptable."

Relations between the two countries have been tense since the downing of a Russian warplane.

Russia has imposed many economic sanctions on Turkey and warned against Russians visiting the country on holiday.

"Turkey will not remain insensitive against the issues regarding relative communities outside of Turkish borders and the moderate opposition," the statement said, referring to the Turkmen community in the Bayir-Bucak region of Syria’s northwestern Latakia province.

The Turkmen region in Syria has been targeted with heavy Russian air strikes and the Syrian regime's ground attacks, which have been intensifying since November.

Around 2,000 Syrian Turkmen, who fled the violence in their home country, have arrived in southern Turkey over the last several weeks.

Among the other subjects, were the ongoing peace talks in the island of Cyprus, the revival of Turkey's membership process into the EU and the processes aimed at maintaining stability in war-torn Libya and Yemen.

TRTWorld and agencies