NATO strongly supports Turkey’s fight against terrorism, Secretary General Stoltenberg says

Published 03.04.2016 23:54
Updated 03.04.2016 23:59
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Prime Minister Davutoğlu spoke by phone Sunday evening and discussed the issues of illegal immigration and the fight against terror, prime ministerial sources said.

In addition to measures to curb illegal immigration in the Aegean Sea and the fight against terror, the two exchanged views on the latest developments in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan.

The Secretary General also reiterated his condolences for the citizens who lost their lives in recent terrorist attacks in Turkey, while emphasizing that NATO strongly backs Turkey's efforts to combat terrorism.

The EU also reiterated its solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism and violence, in the wake of a PKK attack which killed seven police officers in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on March 31.

"Turkish authorities are facing difficult challenges, due also to violent acts by the PKK," an EU spokesperson said, confirming the union's full support for Turkey.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini personally extended her deepest condolences for those killed to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during this week's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, the statement said.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, around 300 members of the security forces and thousands of PKK terrorists have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

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