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Turkey hosts 2 million refugees: Erdogan

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld, Ramadan 12, 1436, June 29, 2015) Turkish President Erdoğan emphasized Turkey’s humanitarian attitude towards Syria and Iraq, particularly towards Kobani

Speaking at an iftar (fast breaking) dinner hosted by the Ankara Branch of Birlik Vakfı (Unity Foundation), President Erdogan emphasized Turkey’s humanitarian attitude towards Syria and Iraq, particularly towards Kobani.

“Those, who denigrate Turkey, despite this fact, in pursuance of international perception management operations, are committing the most dishonest and despicable action. Those, serving this despicableness, will be held accountable. Our goal is to solve the problems and heal the wounds of our brothers, who are in need.” Erdogan said.
During a speech at the event, President Erdogan thanked the administrators of the foundation for organizing the event and expressed that we, as a nation, take care of not only the people in need in our neighborhood but also all our brothers throughout the world. Expressing that we observe Ramadan in peace and tranquility while others cannot enjoy the same climate in friendly and brotherly geographies, President Erdogan said.

 

“For over 4 years, our brothers have been suffering under the oppression of terrorist organizations and state terror. They are being massacred by bombs. Thousands of people, whose sole purpose was to uphold the honor of the polls and preserve their votes, are rotting in prisons in Egypt. Palestine, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Crimea, Urumqi… They are all in serious troubles.” Erdogan said.

Underscoring that the meaning and significance of Turkey cannot be confined to 780 thousand km2 and Turkey is the light of hope for all the oppressed, President Erdogan said that no one has the right to put out or stain this light of hope.

 

Reiterating his criticism against those, who have begun tweeting ‘terrorist Turkey’ after Daesh’s attack on Kobani, President Erdogan asked, “Right after the incident, representatives of the political party, which had caused the deaths of 50 people last year under the same pretext, began to accuse Turkey and the government. They took things so far that they declared Turkey ‘a terrorist country’ in their tweets. Can those, who declare the country, they live in, a terrorist country, who try to present Turkey this way, have anything to do with patriotism or can they claim to be a party of Turkey?”

 


“Those, who shed blood in these holy days, who attack cowardly, dastardly and despicably, who target innocent civilians, have nothing in common with our religion Islam. Associating Turkey with the terrorist organization Daesh, let me say this clearly, is a dastardly and despicable act. Turkey has suffered greatly from terror and terrorist organizations. We have never had an ethnic or sectarian approach towards the incidents in Syria. We have opened our borders to Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs, Alawis, Sunnis, Shiites and Ezidis, Christians; all victims regardless of their religion, sect and ethnicity and embraced them all.” President Erdogan emphasized.

 

Answering the remarks of some politicians that claim he forgot the Uyghur Turks while taking care of the residents of Kobani and Tel Abyad, President Erdogan said. “We have granted citizenship citizenship thousands of Uyghur Turks, who left their homeland,” underscoring that Turkey’s doors are open to those, escaping from oppression and death.

Stating that Turkey has sent almost 2 thousand trucks, carrying humanitarian aid, to Kobani in the last 5 months, President Erdogan said: “I am saying this without any exaggeration; If the hearths in Kobani are still ablaze, if our brothers there are not crushed under the difficulties, that is thanks to the aid Turkey has provided.” President Erdogan also said that those, who were injured after the last attack on Kobani, are being treated in Turkey.

Expressing that they will not allow the territorial integrity of Syria to be disregarded and the country to be divided as a result of malicious plans, President Erdoğan said: “We will continue to support our Syrian brothers’ struggle for freedom and rights. Similarly, we will not tolerate the efforts of terrorist organizations aiming to turn the chaos in the region into an opportunity. We will never allow a new state to be formed in Northern Syria, south of our country.”

 

Pointing out that no other country shares Turkey’s humanitarian attitude towards Syria and Iraq, particularly towards Kobani, President Erdogan said: “Those, who denigrate Turkey, despite this fact, in pursuance of international perception management operations, are committing the most dishonest and despicable action. Those, serving this despicableness, will be held accountable. Our goal is to solve the problems and heal the wounds of our brothers, who are in need.”

Stating that Turkey hosts 2 million refugees, 1.7 million of whom are from Syria and 300 thousand of whom are from Iraq, President Erdogan said that Turkey has spent over $6 billion for them so far while the total amount of international support remained at $365 million.

President Erdogan ended his speech as follows: “As Alawis, Sunnis, Kurds and Turks, we have lived in unity and solidarity on these lands for centuries and we will continue to live as brothers. We will continue to help and support our brothers in Syria and Iraq.”