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Continuing the security and guarantor arrangements, which have been the basis of security and stability on the island for the last 43 years, is a necessity given the situation in the region. We are expecting this issue to be evaluated with an understanding in line with the realities on the island.
The identity of the person carrying out the attack in Ortakoy has been determined.
The identity of the person who carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub has been established.
Regarding the agreement that will be signed by the regime, there is nothing final on whether Russia will be the only guarantor to sign it or whether it will be signed by Iran as well. But it is agreed that Russia will be a guarantor.
All foreign fighters need to leave Syria. Hezbollah needs to return to Lebanon.
In Russia as well as in Turkey it is well understood that the main goal of the attackers was to damage Russia-Turkey relations and the success we have reached in the recent times.
Turkey and Russia have shown the world what they can achieve when they cooperate.
I spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a short time ago. Our officials are talking to their Russian and Iranian counterparts as well as people on the ground to resolve this without further problems, but our wish is to secure a ceasefire in Syria.
There were fewer evacuations – only six convoys left the city. And answering the question 'are civilians evacuated?' Yes at this point only civilians have been evacuated.
We see that the regime and other groups are trying to prevent this [evacuation deal]. There are Russia, Iran and groups supported by Iran and the Syrian regime. Nobody should put the blame on others when dealing with a humanitarian issue.
We are continuing our meetings. We will speak with (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov and the Iranian foreign minister again today.
This includes Russia, Iran, forces supported by Iran and the regime.
Our wish is the immediate extradition of these people to Turkey.
We know that Assad is responsible for the deaths of 600,000 people. We may at times have different views on Assad from Russia – that is natural. But in general, on a ceasefire, on humanitarian aid and a political solution, we are in agreement with Russia.
If there is no political solution in Syria, if there is no national unity, if its territorial integrity is not ensured, you may clear it of Daesh today, but tomorrow another organization will appear.
We are in agreement that a cease-fire is needed so that the tragedy can come to an end.
Make a decision, brother! If you want the negotiations to stop, then stop them. If you want them to continue we are ready. But you have to treat us as equal partners. We cannot advance as long as you see us as second-rate country.
We hope that this will be the case and we expect that our partners keep their promises.
Germany thinks that they are a first class country, a first class democracy, and that Turkey is second class. We want them to treat us as equal partners.
The DHKP-C and PKK are carrying out activities in Germany, but they support those because they are against Turkey. Germany is the country that supports terrorist organizations against Turkey the most.
This operation will continue until al-Bab. The operation needs to continue, and it will.
We will ensure that the PKK is not able to organize itself in the north of Iraq. We will make sure this zone is a zone of security.
Our aim is to remove Daesh (Islamic State) from both Syria and Iraq. Iraq is a neighbor and friend for Turkey and for us the territorial integrity and stability in Iraq is as important as our own.
(Kurdish) Peshmerga forces we trained in northern Iraq are actively participating, and local forces that we support in Bashiqa, are actively fighting Daesh.
They want to make in Sinjar a second Qandil.
There was no resolution on the cease-fire.
Bashiqa camp was set up within the knowledge of Iraqi administration.
The delivery process of the 3.3 billion euros promised by the EU (for Syrians living in Turkey) should be accelerated. Of course it should be transparent and everyone should know where it is spent, but in an extraordinary period we should advance quicker. I think we are like-minded on that and, we should provide more help to people living in very difficult conditions.
They have understood what kind of approach they must display toward Turkey, that they cannot treat Turkey the way they want.
Above all, this is important for our security. It is important that the terror organisations are cleansed from the region and for the region's stability.
We will give every kind of support to the Jarablus operation. This is important for our own security.
We'll fight against Daesh and other terrorist organisations until the end. And we'll continue to support countries and forces who are (also) fighting (ISIL)… And of course our border needs to be completely cleansed of Daesh.
I don't want to talk about the worst case scenario - talks with the EU are continuing but it's clear that we either apply all treaties at the same time or we put them all aside.
Turkish security forces continue their ground operations and air strikes against them (PKK militants). Our people should not worry. Those traitors will pay for what they did.
We have to fight together against these terrorist organisations. For permanent peace and a solution in Syria, we'll strengthen our cooperation.
On August 6, on the night from Friday to Saturday they embarked on a ferry from Igoumenitsa with their families and private cars and sailed to Italy. All the surveillance cameras on the border were examined upon our request and Greek authorities have confirmed this.
New demands directed at Turkey would encourage terrorists. We cannot make any changes in our anti-terror laws.
We are under huge pressure from our people, who are asking what we are doing somewhere where there is so much anti-Turk feeling.
Turkey could hold its own referendum.
Turkey has never been a burden on the EU.
They are cold-heartedly exploding bombs on a Ramadan day.
Our suggestion to them is that they should also wear Daesh, al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda insignias during their operations in other regions of Syria. They can also wear the Boko Haram insignia when they go to Africa, but they don't see YPG in the same way as the other terrorist groups.
If there are shortcomings, this is a process like EU membership, and these shortcomings can be overcome with Turkey's determination in the period ahead.
We are on the verge of completing the necessary technical work, including on passports. We want to see all that in the European Commission report.
There are problems in releasing the €3bn that the European Union pledged to Syrian migrants. And I am underlining here, this money was pledged to Syrians, not to Turkey (..) This is not only Turkey's problem. Europe has to be more pragmatic (...) There are disruptions such as too much bureaucracy but there aren't any problems in implementing the deal otherwise.
We need to make every effort to bring peace to Syria. It is obvious that this change cannot be made with Assad, who oppresses his own people and triggers sectarian conflict.
It should be removed from the Manbij region and cleared off towards the south.
Daesh should be cleared from the region. This is the most permanent solution.
With the power of our state and wisdom of our people, we will dig up the roots of this terror network which targets our unity and peace.
One needs to be realistic. While bombs are falling from the sky and people are being massacred under the pressure of the regime or are being starved, the talks cannot be very fruitful.
If such an operation is to take place, it has to be carried out jointly, like the (coalition) air strikes.
Some countries like us, Saudi Arabia and some other Western European countries have said that a ground operation is necessary ... But to expect this only from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar is neither right nor realistic.
We may be thinking differently but both sides need to put in more effort to iron out these differences. Our American friends have openly told us that they understand our sensitivities.
This is a wish, not a planned thing. Saudi Arabia is sending planes and says, I can send soldiers for a ground operation when it is necessary.
Saudi Arabia is now sending planes to Turkey, to Incirlik. They came and carried out inspections at the base.
Recently more than 50,000 people came to the border with Turkey due to Russia's air attacks. We took in 10,000 of these migrants and we are building some camps at the other side of the border for some.
We are allowing in those who want to come, in a controlled fashion.
Regarding the delay of 3 billion euros for the refugees, we don't take it personal, it's has nothing to do with Turkey. It's the internal matter of the EU. But i have to remind that any delay of the amount of the money coming for the refugees is affecting the daily life and the living standards of the refugees in Turkey.
Opening a chapter after two years is quite a symbol, i think. How close and positive EU-turkey relations are essential. the challenges we are facing, like terrorism and migration require more forward looking constructive relations.
During the operations that we conducted against both Daesh (ISIL) and PKK in Syria and in Iraq we informed the UN Security Council, as well as the UN Secretary General and the members. (...). We expect solidarity and support from our NATO allies regarding the security threats and Daesh is our common enemy.
We have always acted to bring stability to both countries, because we see them as part of the same picture. There have to be safe zones and no-fly zones in Syria. We always underlined that the solution of the Syrian problem is political. A solution without (President) Assad.
We should struggle against all forms of terror Unfortunately the struggle against terrorism in today's world is insufficient. Our religion is a religion of peace, its meaning is peace so connecting terror to Islam is absolutely wrong.
Turkey was encouraged actually to contribute to European values and the work of European institutions more actively lately. The Council of Europe chairmanship is one example of this contribution.