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Countries must unite to remove ‘ugly face of terror’: Turkey

Turkey President’s senior advisor and Presidential spokesperson, Dr. Ibrahim Kalin said “nobody can be safe unless the neighbourhood is also safe. I cannot be safe unless my neighbour is also safe”.

NEW DELHI: Turkey President’s senior advisor and Presidential spokesperson, Dr. Ibrahim Kalin, on Friday said that there is a need for all countries in the world to work closely to “eradicate the ugly face of terrorism from earth” and Istanbul hopes to host the Indian PM in later part of this year. 

Participating in an interaction at Observer Research Foundation, Dr. Kalin said “nobody can be safe unless the neighbourhood is also safe. I cannot be safe unless my neighbour is also safe”. 

Dr. Kalin said terrorism is a big concern for his country and his President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had telephoned the Prime Ministers of both India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack which had killed nearly 40 para military persons in Kashmir. 

He felt only a political dialogue between India and Pakistan can resolve issues of political and military disputes and there is no place for terrorist attacks. 

Dr. Kalin also condemned the recent bomb blast attacks in Sri Lanka which have killed over 300 people so far. 

He said “security is not just policing. It is much more than that,” Dr. Kalin said underlining the need to look after people culturally, socially and economically. 

Dr. Kalin said US President Trump’s unilateral and protectionist trade policies are hurting every one. “Trade wars (with China) will hurt every one,” he said. 

He also felt that the sanctions on Iran will not serve the intended purpose. He said Iranians are used to living under such circumstances in earlier sanctions and this time too, they will survive the sanctions. 

Dr. Kalin, who had discussions with NSA Ajit Doval Thursday on bilateral issues, said Turkey and India now have excellent relations – “a new page in their relations”. Modi and President Erdogan have met four times since the President’s visit to New Delhi in 2017. 

“We are looking forward to the Indian Prime Minister’s visit in the later part of the year,” Dr. Kalin said, adding the nations have now a trade turnover of 8.4 billion dollars and the new goal is to increase it to 10 billion dollars. 

THE ECONOMIC TIMES.

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