Minister: Turkey to continue fighting terrorism

Politics Materials 23 January 2014 09:40 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.23

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey will continue fighting against Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations, the country's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Jan.23.

Ankara is pursuing a strict policy in the sphere of fighting terrorism and intends to continue in the future, according to the minister.

Meanwhile, Bozdag stressed that despite the policy pursued by Ankara in the area of fighting terrorism, some countries accuse Turkey of supporting such organisations. Bozdag explained this position as being that of a number of countries based on the fact Ankara supports the Syrian nation.

The minister pointed out that Turkey intends to support the Syrian nation in the future too.

During the conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, over 140, 000 people were killed and over 4.2 million have become refugees in Syrian territory as well as two million have fled to neighbouring countries. The main burden of receiving refugees lays on Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The total population of Syria before the conflict amounted to 20 million.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by S.M.