The civil war dragging on in Syria has laid the groundwork for the formation of various terrorist groups, DAESH in particular, in the region, threatening the security of the entire world, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said yesterday. Speaking at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting, Yıldırım asserted that the five-year war in Syria creates a favorable environment for terrorist groups. "We, as Turkey, announced to the world back in 2011 that a new terrorist organization was about to come into existence when the world had not yet heard of DAESH," Yıldırım contended. Slamming the international community for being tolerant to some terrorist groups, Yıldırım said: "The notion that your terrorists are evil but mine are good will trouble you the most."
Turkey will end the feud between countries in the region and shift its focus to handle things through alliances and friendship, Yıldırım also asserted. The prime minister also said Ankara will change its course and focus on forming new alliances in the region for it to develop and thrive. Commenting on the recently agreed reconciliation deal with Israel, Yıldırım said the deal will help Palestinians breathe a sigh of relief. "Palestinians will have much better living conditions thanks to this agreement," he contended. He added that the reconciliation will help Turkish-Israeli relations see a positive outcome after the six-year dispute and non-diplomacy period due to the Mavi Marmara incident. Turkey was a key regional backer of Israel until the two countries cut ties in 2010 following an Israeli raid on a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza that resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists and one Turkish-American.
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