BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Ankara would not allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in northern Syria, making the statement on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Saturday.
Erdogan said that “if there is an effort to establish a so-called Kurdish state in northern Syria, we will not allow it. In fact, in northern Syria such an attempt was conducted and we stopped it. And in the future, likewise, we will never allow it.”
The president also pointed out that the delay of the implementation of de-escalating zones in Syria, which he proposed during the G20 Antalya Summit in 2015, is “one of the most important reasons behind the migrants’ flow into Europe.”
Speaking of the Qatar crisis, Erdogan stated that “Turkey has close friendship and brotherhood ties to all the countries in the Gulf region,” and that every kind of attitude that could “jeopardise such elements should be avoided.”
He concluded urging “Saudi Arabia and all the countries which have a weight in the region” to find a “reasonable solution” to the diplomatic spat with Qatar.
The Group of 20 Summit sees governments and representatives of the world’s 19 major economies as well as top representatives of the European Union meet and discuss strategies for fiscal policy and international financial stability.
Among the major topics discussed at the 2017 Summit were climate change, trade, and migration.