As FPMag reported yesterday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu were to hold a joint press conference in Istanbul on Friday, 11 October. Watch the press conference video below.
In his meetings in Istanbul, Mr Stoltenberg also discussed the situation in Syria. He underlined that “while Turkey has legitimate security concerns, I expect Turkey to act with restraint.”
Mr. Stoltenberg expressed his “serious concerns about the risk of further destabilising the region, escalating tensions, and even more human suffering”.
He emphasized that “We have a common enemy – Daesh. A few years ago, they controlled significant territory in Iraq and in Syria. Working together in the Global Coalition, we have liberated all this territory and millions of people. These gains must not be jeopardized.”
“Turkey is a great power in this great region”, the Secretary General stressed, “and with great power comes great responsibility”. Mr. Stoltenberg urged Turkey to avoid any unilateral actions that may further destabilize the region and escalate tensions.
Meanwhile, civil society medical workers in the Northeast say that the Turkish troops painstakingly avoid civilian disruptions and do their best to specifically flush out terrorists and either capture or destroy their artillery, missile, rocket and ammunition dumps.
During his visit, the Secretary General had also discussions with Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.
Most recent updates:
- Random “Hail Mary” rocket attacks are falling into Turkish villages and towns along the Turkish border fired across the Turkish border by the PKK / YPG which have killed many children and their families.
- Mortar attacks of YPG had just killed eight civilians on the Turkey side at press time,
killing Turkish civilians in what categorically comprises the typical YPG war crime.
- Vladimir Putin has urged Turkey to take care that all imprisoned Daesh inmates currently guarded by SDF fighters. Thousands of Islamic State Salafist jihadists and their families have been imprisoned. There could be as many as 70,000 men women and children.
- According to Recep Erdogan, the United States has fallen short on Donald Trump’s commitment to the Turkish leader for cooperation in creating a security swath along the Syrian side of the Turkey/Syrian border.
- At Press time Ankara’s information services were reporting that some 40 towns in the Syrian side had been liberated by Turkish Forces and that over 370 terrorists had been neutralized.