Xinhua News Agency, Istanbul, October 11 (Reporter Yi Ai Jun) Turkish Foreign Minister Chavushcolu called on NATO to maintain unity with the Turkish side in its anti-terrorism operations, while NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg called on the Turkish side to maintain restraint in military operations in northern Syria.
Chavushcolu said at a joint press conference with Stoltenberg in Istanbul the same day that it was not enough to understand Turkeys legitimate concerns. Turkey hoped that NATO would show unambiguous solidarity. Chawushiolu said that the Turkish army launched ground military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Syria on the 9th to end the terrorist threat on the Turkish border, which is also crucial to NATO Security.
Stoltenberg said that no other NATO Member States suffered as much from terrorist attacks and violence as Turkey and hosted so many Syrian refugees, but Turkey should exercise restraint in military operations in northern Syria, and NATO was concerned about members of the extremist group Islamic State imprisoned in prisons in northern Syria.
Chavushcolu said that the Islamic State attacked Turkey the most and that Turkey could not release its captives and would hold them accountable and continue to fight resolutely against the organization and other terrorist organizations.
Turkey regards the Kurdish armed forces in northern Syria as terrorist organizations, but the United States regards them as partners in the fight against terrorism. Turkish army launched a strike on Kurdish forces in northern Syria on September 9, which Turkish President Erdogan called a terrorist corridor to prevent the emergence of the border in southern Syria and promote the return of Syrian refugees.
Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026