Erdogan: nobody shall expect our security forces to lay down arms
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that nobody shall expect Turkish security forces to lay down arms, Anadolu Agency reported.
Erdogan replied questions of reporters after he performed his Eid al-Adha prayer in Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul on Sunday.
Regarding his meeting with Massoud Barzani, the head of regional administration in the north of Iraq, on Saturday, Erdogan said that Turkey had some difficulties in the north of Iraq, adding that Turkey expected the local administration in the north of Iraq to extend support to Turkey in its fight against terrorist organization.
If the administration will not be able to support Turkey, then we have to do what is necessary, he added.
Nobody shall expect Turkish security forces to lay down arms, because they are protecting the citizens, said Erdogan, adding that it was the terrorists which should lay down the arms.
Erdogan also said that they did not consider the ethnical differences as a reason of hostility.
Differences are our richness, said Erdogan.
Erdogan, who met Barzani on Saturday, told him that Turkey wanted peace, tranquility and prosperity in the region, and stressed that terrorist attacks on Turkey were wrong.
Barzani, in return, said that Turkey was a developed country in terms of democracy, adding that armed struggle was not a way of seeking for rights. He noted that terrorism harmed his country too.