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Turkish president urges foreign parties to stop aid to YPG/PKK terrorists

ANKARA

Turkey’s fight against the PKK/YPG terrorist group in Syria and Iraq will continue, but foreign aid to the terrorist group needs to be stopped from all its financial sources, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

“We are determined to continue this struggle until terrorism ceases to be a threat to our country, our region and all of humanity,” Erdogan said in Ankara after an iftar event with a group of ambassadors.

Turkey continues to fight against all forms of terrorism, regardless of who and where it comes from, especially the PKK/YPG, Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and Daesh/ISIS, Erdogan added.

In his remarks to ambassadors of foreign countries, he stressed that Turkey expects strong support from all friendly countries, especially in cutting off the financial resources of terrorist groups.

“Terrorists and neo-Nazi organizations must also be prevented from exploiting the democratic system,” Erdogan stressed.

“In particular, anti-Islam and xenophobic groups should not be given the opportunity to use freedom of expression and freedom of assembly as a means to insult and attack Muslim beliefs or places of worship.”

The issue of Al-Aqsa and the Eastern Mediterranean

Regarding Israel’s intervention against Muslim worshipers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, which he condemned on Sunday, Erdogan called it “a real source of sadness” for Turkey.

“We never wanted to see this,” he insisted. “I hope we don’t experience this again in the future.”

“We support all kinds of normalization measures that will contribute to the establishment of a corridor of peace and stability in our immediate environment,” Erdogan said.

Ankara prioritizes ensuring stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and on the island of Cyprus, and strives for a just, realistic and sustainable solution, the president added.

Tensions have risen across the Palestinian territories since Israeli forces stormed the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid clashes with worshipers, injuring hundreds.

On Sunday, more than 700 Israeli settlers forced their way into the mosque compound under tight police protection to celebrate the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins on Friday.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in the world for Muslims. Jews call the area, and say that it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It also annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognized by the international community.

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