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President Erdoğan says terror has no race, no religion, no nation

PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN SAYS TERROR HAS NO RACE, NO RELIGION, NO NATION

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made statements at press conference at the end of the G20 summit in Hamburg. He said international community needs to share burden on fight against terrorism.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday emphasized the need for global action against terrorism saying that no region was safe from terror threats.

Speaking after the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Erdoğan said the international community needed to share the burden in the fight against terrorism.

He also spoke against the U.S. arming PYD/YPG terror groups in Syria in order to combat Daesh in Raqqah.

"We will never keep silent when support and arms are provided to terrorist organizations near our borders." Erdoğan said.

The PKK/PYD is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) involved in the plan to capture Raqqah and has been supplied with U.S. arms.



Ankara views the PKK/PYD, which is the Syrian branch of the PKK, as a terrorist group and fears weapons supplied to the PKK/PYD for the operation to oust Daesh from Syria's Raqqah will end up in the hands of PKK terrorists fighting Turkish security forces.

We will not tolerate a Kurdish state in northern Syria. Iraq will be a strong country as long as it protects its unity, Erdoğan said in a statement.

More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- resumed its decades-long armed campaign in July 2015.

President Erdoğan said on Gulf crisis that sanctions against Qatar are unfair and not appropriate.

Commenting on the Cyprus talks that failed last week in Crans-Montana, Erdoğan said Turkey will continue its efforts in solving the issue at different parameters, it expects other parties to do the same.

Erdoğan also criticized German decision not allowing him to address Turkish people living in the country and accused the country of supporting the terror group PKK while blocking his speech.

Erdoğan called jailed HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas in his speech at press conference after meeting a 'terrorist' who made 'Kurdish brothers fight against each other'.
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