Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey aims to completely eliminate terrorists in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports referring to Turkish media Oct. 7.
Erdogan noted that the situation in northern Syria poses a real threat to Turkey’s national security.
The most important thing for Ankara is ensuring the country's national interests, the Turkish president said.
On Oct. 1, Erdogan said that Turkey will have to create the safety zone in northern Syria alone.
Erdogan noted that the Syrian refugees who live in Turkey will be moved to the safety zone.
“Turkey can no longer wait for someone to create the safety zone in northern Syria,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan noted that creating the safety zone won’t be easy, but the country’s armed forces will cope with this difficult task.
On Sept. 18, Erdogan said that the US was given two weeks to create a safety zone in northern Syria. Should the US not fulfill its promises and obligations, Ankara will take measures for creating a security zone on its own.