Hurriyet Daily News
May 26, 2022

Turkey to take necessary steps against attacks from Syria: FM

The terrorist attacks from Syria have increased recently, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, stressing that Turkey will do whatever is necessary in the face of these attacks.

“…Our hands cannot be tied. We cannot wait for when they will attack us, we have to do what is necessary,” Çavuşoğlu told journalists on the plane after he visits Israel and Palestine.

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Turkey and Israel have decided to hold an economic committee meeting and agreed to start civil aviation negotiations, he said.

“There is potential here in many areas, including energy. It seems that many companies in Israel want to do business with Turkey,” the minister said.

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey and Israel will discuss the issue of mutually appointing ambassadors during Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Turkey.

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Elaborating on the recent tension with Greece, Çavuşoğlu said….“We’re very serious, we don’t bluff. If Greece does not comply with this, we will take this matter further,” Çavuşoğlu added.

On Finland and Sweden’s NATO bid, Çavuşoğlu said Ankara conveyed to the delegations of these countries a document containing Turkey’s concerns and expectations.

We don’t want excuses; we want documents and proof. They are the ones who want to be members. If they want, they will take these steps,” Çavuşoğlu stated.

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Asked about the recent reports that the Taliban and the UAE agreed on ground handling services of the Kabul airport, Çavuşoğlu said the negotiations of Turkey and Qatar with the Taliban government did not yield results.

“There was agreement on certain issues. But the Taliban’s offers to the country were not found acceptable. It was a development aid. But we did not find the Taliban’s approach correct. This is not a prestige issue, it is not an essential issue,” the minister said.