Erdoğan's Syria message: We will move the process we have started to a different stage
President Erdoğan stating that Turkey can never feel safe before the structure that grows with allies' weapons, said, "The process we have started with the Euphrates Shield ad Olive Branch Operation will move to a different stage."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted a luncheon for ambassadors at the Presidential Complex on the occasion of the 11th Ambassadors' Conference.
Delivering a speech at the luncheon, President Erdoğan said the world is going through a great transformation process in diplomacy as well as technological innovations, and that it is impossible to evaluate today's world with the decades-old dynamics.
"States, along with individuals, companies, and societies, must well comprehend the zeitgeist and determine their policies accordingly," the President noted.
President Erdoğan underscored that the international system has evolved into a multicenter structure in the new era.
"This change has increased the unpredictability and has led to new risks for decision-makers. Given political and economic vulnerabilities, we should actually say that we are faced with a lack of system rather than a system."
President Erdoğan went on to say: "The fact that children continue to die in Syria, Myanmar, Libya, and Yemen indicates that there is indeed something wrong with the system. A mentality which does not value humans just for being that, human, cannot ensure global security or peace."
Erdoğan pointing out that Turkey must take initiative not only for its future but also for the peace and serenity in its region.
"Turkey can never feel safe before the structure that grows like cancer with the weapons of our allies on the southern border is destroyed. Turkey can protect its national interests without its allies"
"Very soon, the process which we started with the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch Operations will move to a very different stage."
"What we recently experienced in Syria have shown us once again that you cannot have seat at the table unless you are on the ground. We will definitely defend our national interests through dialogue, elements of soft power, means of ‘coercive diplomacy’ and use of actual force if need be," he said.
"Turkey’s security means the security of NATO and our entire region," President Erdoğan noted.
"There is no concrete data that the S-400s will harm NATO or the F-35s," he said.
Drawing attention too many NATO and EU members' procurement of similar air defense systems from Russia, President Erdoğan stressed: "We do not see goodwill in turning an issue, which is not a problem for other countries, into a crisis for Turkey. Above all, it is totally wrong to question Turkey's relations with the West over the S-400s."
"Turkey has made not a strategic but a totally commercial choice regarding its security in the issue of S-400s."
"We as Turkey will continue till the end to defend justice and equity in the Palestinian issue," President Erdoğan further noted.
"We will never leave Al-Quds, our first kiblah and the apple of our eyes, to the mercy of the occupiers. The stability of the Eastern Mediterranean is of importance to the security of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe."
"Stability can only be achieved in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean by observing the rights and interests of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."