Turkey will do whatever is necessary in order to protect its rights and interests against the attacks carried out by the PKK terrorist group's Syrian branch YPG from northern Syria, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
Akar attended the opening ceremony of the National Defense University for the 2021-2022 academic year. He held an evaluation meeting with the administrative and military management staff of the university on military and academic education and training activities. Speaking there, Akar said: "Whatever needs to be done to protect our rights and interests will be done in the same way when the time and place comes, as has been done under the leadership of our President. Let no one doubt that."
Underlining the agreements made with the United States and Russia regarding northern Syria, Akar said: "As Turkey, we take our part in the agreements seriously and implement them carefully. We fulfill our responsibilities there. Likewise, we do what we have to do within the framework of international law, in good neighborly relations in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus. We are committed to peace and dialogue. We are in favor of talking and meeting. On the other hand, we said that we will not allow any fait accompli, and we continue to say it. We are determined and capable of this."