“Exclusion of Terrorist Elements from the Process in Syria Is Our Priority”

22.11.2017
“Exclusion of Terrorist Elements from the Process in Syria Is Our Priority”

Speaking at a press conference in Sochi, Russia, following the Trilateral Summit on Syria, President Erdoğan said: “Syria’s political unity and territorial integrity as well as exclusion of terrorist elements that target our national security from the process will continue to be among our priorities as Turkey. No one should expect us to come together with a terrorist organization that targets our national security under the same roof or at the same platform.”


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a joint press conference with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran following the Trilateral Summit on Syria in Sochi, Russia.

Pointing out that intensive talks with Russia regarding bilateral and regional issues continue and yield fruits in every area, President Erdoğan stated that he and Russian President Putin are of the same opinion on maintaining the momentum in the bilateral relations between the two countries. President Erdoğan added that he and Iranian President Rouhani agreed on further improving the relations between Turkey and Iran in every sphere in the bilateral meeting they held prior to the Summit.

TURKEY, RUSSIA, IRAN TO HELP IMPLEMENT POLITICAL PROCESS IN SYRIA

Stating that they discussed the issues on their agenda in a sincere manner during the meeting with President Putin and President Rouhani, President Erdoğan said: “We reviewed the steps that we have taken to secure ceasefire in Syria. We are glad to determine that the de-escalation zones play a crucial role in the reduction of violence.”

Stressing that they also held consultations related to the possible contributions they can offer to the Geneva process on the basis of the progress made in Astana and for an enduring solution to the conflict in Syria during the meeting, President Erdoğan noted: “We have reached an agreement on helping the implementation of an inclusive, free, fair and transparent political process that is led and embraced by the Syrian people as stipulated by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.” The President continued: “We decided to work in coordination in order for the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, envisaged to be held in Sochi at Russia’s initiative, to provide a significant added value to the political process on the basis of these principles.”

“WE CANNOT CONSIDER THE BLOODY GANG, WHICH AIMS TO DIVIDE SYRIA, A LEGITIMATE ACTOR”

President Erdoğan described their joint statement right after the Summit as the first step reflecting the principles of the cooperation they achieved, and made the following remarks: “However, the success of this effort is dependent on the stance of the sides, first and foremost that of the regime and the opposition. The three guarantor countries maintaining the respect for reciprocal sensitivities and the understanding of reconciliation, which they have been displaying thus far, will play a critical role in this process. Within that context, Syria’s political unity and territorial integrity as well as exclusion of terrorist elements that target our national security from the process will continue to be among our priorities as Turkey. No one should expect us to come together with a terrorist organization that targets our national security under the same roof or at the same platform. If we are expressing our commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity and political unity, then we cannot consider the bloody gang, which aims to divide Syria, a legitimate actor.”

Noting that they also emphasized the importance of putting confidence building measures into practice in Syria during the Summit, President Erdoğan stated: “We reviewed all the steps that might be taken with a view to ensuring the gradual implementation of these measures, including unhindered and uninterrupted access to humanitarian aid by those in need and the reciprocal release of detainees. I am of the belief that the point we have reached today will offer a gleam of hope to restore peace and stability in Syria and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.”

“COOPERATION AMONG OUR COUNTRIES WILL HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE ENTIRE REGION”

President Erdoğan underlined that the settlement of the Idlib issue and the resolution of the problems in Afrin will constitute the major steps of these positive developments in the Syrian process, and said: “I hope that this fruitful cooperation among our countries will have a positive effect on the entire region, ease the tension in the region and reduce the risk of sectarian division.” President Erdoğan ended his statement by inviting all the responsible members of the international community to support these efforts.

President Putin of Russia, for his part, emphasized the three countries’ joint commitment to promote the interaction of the three states within the Astana format, which has already proved its effectiveness and contributed to significantly reducing the level of violence in Syria and creating the necessary conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons.

Pointing to the significant success in stopping the conflicts in Syria with political and field cooperation and coordination among Iran, Turkey and Russia, President Rouhani of Iran noted that the new phase of facilitating national dialogue in Syria, like the success of the Astana process, will require continuity of consultation, coordination and cooperation between the three countries at different levels.

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN ATTENDS DINNER

Attending a dinner with President Putin and President Rouhani following the press conference, President Erdoğan thereafter left Sochi for Turkey. The President was seen off at Sochi International Airport by Deputy Governor of Krasnodar Region Sergey Boldin, Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, Turkey’s Ambassador to Moscow Hüseyin Diriöz, Turkey’s Consul General in Novorossiysk Yunus Emre Özigci and other officials.

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