(London Post) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday drew attention to the dangers of the sectarian conflict in the region, and said that the attacks against the Saudi Embassy in Iran and Iraq are unacceptable, while noting that those causing an uproar about the death of one person now but they never talked about the executions in Egypt and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
Speaking to local headmen at the Presidential Palace, Erdoğan said that the main goal of fueling the sectarian conflict in the region is to become a regional power, and underscored that Iran remains silent as Russia and the Assad Regime bomb innocent civilians, while others lose their lives trying to flee the conflict in Syria.
With regards to the death sentences in Saudi Arabia, Erdoğan said that there were a total of 46 sentences and 43 of these were for Sunnis and added that it was a domestic legal matter.
“Thousands of people have been sentenced to death in Egypt, how come the world never talked about this?” Erdoğan asked, and added that Iran openly supports Assad, the killer of 400,000 people.
Last Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people convicted of “terrorism”, including a Shiite cleric named Nimr al-Nimr.
Erdoğan also said that the PKK terrorist organization harms everyone, including the Kurds. He noted that Turkey will continue its anti-terror operations in order to ensure permanent security and stability in the country for all citizens, and will continue to work towards reaching its 2023 goals.
“There is no Kurdish issue in Turkey, there is a terror issue,” Erdoğan said and reassured that the country will overcome the terrorist threat.
He added that progress in Turkey means gains for all citizens, regardless of their background, while he criticized the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for supporting the terrorists.
“Political immunity cannot be used as a means to protect the terrorist organization,” Erdoğan said, adding that siding with those who exploit ethnicity and breeds hatred against the people is not politics, but simply treason.