Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş reacted to attempts to establish a Kurdish state and terror corridor in Northern Iraq, and said: “They are trying to accomplish what has been raised under the Treaty of Sevres a century ago.”
Numan Kurtulmuş said the government aimed to make Turkey a powerful country, and added: "They are trying to block Turkey’s path. There is FETO on one hand, and efforts to create a terror corridor on Turkey’s south on the other hand. The terror corridor they are trying to create directly concerns Turkey.”
"We will never let a state of terror block Turkey’s path”
Noting that Turkey was against the attempted Kurdish state in Northern Iraq, Kurtulmuş said: "The existence of our Kurdish brothers in Syria and Iraq does not disturb us, since the state of the Republic of Turkey hosts the largest population of Kurds who are treated as first-class and equal citizens.”
“With God’s permission; our Kurdish brothers will continue to co-exist with Turkmens, Arabs, Yezidis and other communities until the end of time.”
"We Welcome the Process with Calm"
Also referring to the suspension of visas by the United States, Kurtulmuş said the following: "I think they are in panic because it has been revealed some FETO members worked at the U.S. Consulate in İstanbul. They panic because we saw the game being played in the region and took necessary steps against it. There is panic because we have taken the initiative to resolve the issue of Syria together with Russia and Iran under the Astana process. We know what all these mean yet we welcome the process with calm.”