Turkey will continue to make all necessary efforts to end hostilities in Ukraine and achieve sustainable peace between Moscow and Kiev. This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking during the iftar program organized for representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara.
“Achieving a truce and then a lasting peace between our two neighbors will be one of the best things done in the name of humanity,” the Turkish leader said.
The head of state stated with regret that the attacks on civilians in Ukraine slowed down the successful course of negotiations between Moscow and Kiev, mediated by Ankara. “The parties have made tangible progress in the negotiations, but footage from Bucha and Irpin, the use of Kramatorsk civilians as a target cast a shadow on our efforts,” he said, in particular.
The head of state assured that Turkey would continue its efforts to achieve a “satisfactory for the parties and the international community” result of the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul.
President Erdogan expressed confidence that a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian crisis could be found through dialogue and on the basis of maintaining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia
The head of state also touched upon the prospects for improving relations between Turkey and Armenia. According to him, Ankara “with sincerity continues the process of normalizing relations” with Yerevan.
Events around the Al-Aqsa Mosque
The head of state condemned the intrusion of Jewish fanatics, accompanied by Israeli police, into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. “We see what was done in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a source of deep sadness for us. I hope that we will not face something like this again in the future,” the Turkish President said.
The situation in the Balkans
President Erdogan added that Ankara is also making efforts to prevent a new escalation of tension in the Balkans and maintain stability in the region.
Fight against terrorism
Addressing the ambassadors, the Turkish leader said that Turkey expects strong support from the international community in cutting off sources of financing for terrorist organizations.
Humanitarian activities in Turkey
The Turkish leader spoke about Ankara’s humanitarian activities in the international arena. According to him, over the past two years, Turkey has provided medicines to 160 countries and 12 international organizations. He noted that to date, Ankara has donated 6.3 million doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine to 19 countries.
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