Statement by Presidential Spokesperson Ambassador İbrahim Kalın on the Meeting at the Presidential Complex

25.07.2016

In the reception, which took place at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex on 25 July 2016 with the participation of Chairman of the Justice and Development Party and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Chairman of the Republican People’s Party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahçeli, July 15 coup attempt was discussed and views were exchanged on the process to come.

President Erdoğan thanked the party leaders for the open and clear stance they displayed in support of democracy, freedoms and the rule of law against the coup on the night of July 15, stressing that this spirit of unity and solidarity is our biggest source of power to overcome every kind of problem. President Erdoğan said the heroic deeds of the nation, who took to the streets and squares leaving aside differences of political opinion, and of our security forces, who carried out the instructions given to them, will never be forgotten. The fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the PKK and other security threats will be continued with determination. President Erdoğan also briefed the leaders on incidents that took place on the night of July 15 and in its aftermath.

President Erdoğan listened to chairmen’s views on the coup attempt and the future steps that should be taken. In the reception, steps to be taken for the freedom, the security and the welfare of our nation - who united around the principles of the rule of law and democracy - the state of emergency, security measures, works related to the constitution, and economic policies were evaluated. It was underscored that a resolute fight shall be waged against terrorist organizations like the FETO and the PKK, which are working to take over and demolish the state, and that it is of vital importance to take necessary measures to prevent the repetition of any incident similar to the July 15 coup attempt. The importance of cooperation between all political parties on the handling of the investigation into the July 15 coup attempt and the management of the process of state of emergency with utmost care was emphasized. . In the reception, a consensus was reached on the effective use of dialogue mechanisms to find permanent solutions to common problems.

President Erdoğan said that Turkey would become stronger at the end of this process and thanked the chairmen for visiting the Presidential Complex and defending democracy.