Öykü Altuntaş / Irbil, Nov 5 () - Turkey’s Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu said Ankara was set to "get into act" in the fight against threat of Islamic State (IS), at the conference entitled "Future of Middle East" held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Irbil town of Iraq.
Having stressed IS has been holding terror attacks over the Turkey borders as well, Sinirlioğlu said "Turkey was set to support Iraq and Kurdistan region, within the fight with DAESH [IS in Arabic]."
Sinirlioğlu underlined one third of Iraq, and vast areas of Syria was seized by the IS and he urged that the experienced turmoil, numerous new crises in the recent past in the region have directly affected Turkey’s economy, security and stability.
“Although the DEASH advance has been checked with the support of the international effort which we are a part of, the threat is far from over” urged Turkey’s FM.
"Well planned political steps, executed military operations crucial"
Having reminded the KRG has been in the fight, ever since the IS threat has emerged, Sinirlioğlu applauded the KRG’s determination to face down the danger and said:
“We are confident that the KRG continues to possess all the necessary means and capabilities to continue on its path to cementing sustainable development, stability, security and more prosperity under the leadership of President Mesut Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani”.
Turkish FM Sinirlioğlu also underlined the crucial necessity of “well planned, inclusive political steps and executed military operations, to win back alienated segments of Iraqi society”.
Such a combined effort would defeat IS, together with “the radical, extremist and twisted mentality”, for good from the region, he proposed.
The refugee crisis on agenda
Sinirlioğlu also referred to the migrant flaw from Syria, shaking the region and the world, wowing to continue humanitarian assistance, along with military support. “We are also resolved to further improve our economic cooperation in every way” he added.
The FM stressed Turkey has been home to more than 2 million refugees and have been suffering immensely from terrorism for years.
“No other country understands the undue burden that 1,7 million IDPs and refugees, as well as the war effort against DEASH creates on the KRG” told Turkish FM, assuring Turkey would stand together with Iraq and the KRG in the fight against IS.