Turkey prepared to protect its territory in Syria
Friday, March 14, 2014
VAN - Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that Turkey has the right to take measures to assure the security and stability of the tomb of Suleyman Shah in the Syrian city of Aleppo as according to international law the tomb is Turkish territory, while referring to the intensified clashes between the Syrian opposition and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the region.
"As of now, there is no violation towards our territory and the Turkish troops there providing security. However, in case of any threat, we (Turkey) are prepared to take measures of all sorts," Davutoglu told a press conference on Friday in the eastern Turkish province of Van following a trilateral meeting with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts.
Davutoglu said the authority gap caused by the Syrian regime has created a great security crisis, paving the way for radical groups to fill this gap in northern Syria.
"What is interesting is the cooperation between these groups staging terror attacks and the regime," he added.
When asked about the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani's upcomming visit to Turkey, Davutoglu said Barzani would meet the Turkish prime minister in Ankara and he would also meet Barzani in Van on Saturday to discuss enhancing economic relations and easing customs rules.
- Turkey-Iran-Azerbaijan trilateral meeting
The Turkish, Iranian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers have gathered for the third annual tripartite meeting in eastern Turkey to exchange views on enhancing regional cooperation on issues of common interest.
The first meeting took place in Iran in 2011 and the second was held in Azerbaijan in 2012.
A three-year action plan on transport, energy, trade, the easing of customs rules, and cultural and political relations was agreed by the three countries.
The action plan includes a railroad project between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, Davutoglu said.
The minister also extended his condolences to the families of the two people killed during Wednesday's nationwide protests which followed the burial of a teenager who died after being injured in the Gezi protest last year.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for his part expressed hope that the agreed action plan would help provide peace, security and economic development in the region.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Memmedyarov, touching on the 20 year-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, said “Armenian troops must leave Azerbaijan's territories."
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