Çavuşoğlu: It is our duty to eliminate all terrorist threats

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stressed that it is the state’s duty to eliminate all terrorist threats that threaten its security.

Çavuşoğlu said, “Our duty is to remove terrorist threats at home and abroad, as well as in Syria and wherever they may be found.”

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He stated that the Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of Germany and France yesterday, Monday, to its headquarters in Ankara, due to the activities organized by the terrorist (PKK) organization in these two countries.

And he added: “We strongly warned the two ambassadors and handed them a protest note regarding allowing terrorists to demonstrate in these two countries and stressed the need not to repeat this.”

Regarding the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), he said that all allies know Turkey’s support for the expansion of the alliance, but that the Turkish “reservation” about the two countries’ accession stems from their support for terrorism.

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He pointed out that his country is continuing talks with NATO on the one hand, and with members on the other hand, and with Finland and Sweden wishing to join the alliance on a third.

He said, “We express clearly the things we object to with examples, photos and videos, and everyone acknowledges the validity of Turkey’s security concerns.”

According to Çavuşoğlu, Ankara officially handed over its demands to Finland and Sweden during the visit of two delegations from the two countries to Turkey.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finland and Sweden should change anti-terror laws, otherwise Turkey will not change its position on the two countries’ accession to NATO.

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He pointed out that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly stressed the need to remove Turkey’s rightful security concerns while calling for a meeting of the foreign ministers of Turkey, Finland and Sweden.