Turkish PM leaves for Paris to join unity march
Turkey's participation at the unity rally in Paris will give a strong message to groups that want to blame the recent attacks in France on the Islamic world, Anadolu Agency reported Turkish prime minister's statement.
Addressing a press conference before he left for France to join the rally, Ahmet Davutoglu said "our participation in the Paris march is a strong message for groups that want to blame the Islamic world, especially Muslims who live in Europe," Davutoglu said.
He said Turkey was against all kinds of terrorist attacks and highlighted the fact that Turkish security officials were willing to cooperate with other states to deal with terrorism threats.
"Our intelligence and security agencies are willing to cooperate. Turkey has always displayed its eagerness to cooperate with other states to deal with risks of terrorist attacks. Our close cooperation with other countries will continue on this issue," he said.
The premier added that Turkey's participation would "give a strong message to those who may want to launch a campaign against Muslims by exploiting the Paris attack."
The unity march in Paris will be held in a few hours on Sunday and will pay tribute to victims of the deadly attacks in France that left 17 people dead.
More than a million people are expected to converge on central Paris as part of the "Republican march." A number of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, British, Italian and Spanish prime ministers are expected to attend the rally.