– German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser on Tuesday expressed Germany‘s solidarity with Türkiye in the latter’s fight against terrorism, but stressed that “it must be carried out in accordance with the laws of the state.”
The German minister made the remarks at a press conference with her Turkish counterpart Suleyman Soylu on the second day of her two-day visit to Ankara.
“It is necessary to take into account … the protection of civilians and we believe that care is necessary, especially in terms of preventing the escalation of violence,” he added, referring to Türkiye’s recent cross-border military operations in Syria. and Iraq.
In response to Faeser’s remarks, Soylu defended Türkiye’s operations in Syria and Iraq.
“They (terrorists) want to establish a terrorist state around us. We cannot allow that. It is our duty to protect our borders and our nation,” he said.
The Turkish minister said that Türkiye wants terror groups across the country to be regarded in the same way that Europe handled terror attacks on its own soil.
Türkiye carried out air operations on Sunday against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Ankara sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the PKK.
The airstrikes were launched after a bomb blast killed at least six people and injured 81 others on a busy street in Istanbul, Türkiye’s largest city, on November 13.
After the blast, Turkish police said they had detained a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir, who admitted taking orders from the YPG.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades. ■