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Turkey Seeks International Cooperation for the Voluntary Return of Syrians

In a significant gathering following the presidential election held on May 28, the Turkish National Security Council (MGK) convened for the first time with its new members under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The meeting took place at the presidential palace in Beştepe and was attended by prominent figures including Vice President Cevdet Yılmaz, Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya, Defense Minister Yaşar Güler, Chief of General Staff General Musa Avsever, and commanders of the armed forces.

Notably, Hakan Fidan, who previously participated in MGK meetings as the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), attended the meeting as the Foreign Minister. Similarly, Yaşar Güler, who previously attended as the Chief of General Staff, assumed the role of Defense Minister. Meanwhile, İbrahim Kalın, the current MİT head, also participated in the meeting.

After approximately three hours of discussions, a statement was released highlighting the importance of taking resolute steps to ensure the security, tranquility, and prosperity of Turkey in this new era, referred to as the “Century of Turkey.”

The statement emphasized that the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity and the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the region can only be achieved through the elimination of terrorist organizations. It further underlined the significance of international cooperation to facilitate the voluntary, safe, and dignified return of Syrians who have fled conflict, enabling them to rebuild their lives in peace and prosperity.

Regarding regional developments, the statement stressed the need to prevent the escalation of tensions in Kosovo, which could disrupt the delicate balance in the region. It called for continued dialogue and consultation processes while highlighting the importance of Turkey’s support to the region.

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine was also addressed, with attention given to the increasing risks it poses to the region. The statement affirmed Turkey’s commitment to contributing to efforts aimed at ending the hostilities and initiating peace negotiations, as well as ensuring global food security.

Expressing satisfaction with the progress made in the dialogue process between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the statement underscored that a fair solution would not only contribute to establishing lasting peace in the Caucasus but also make significant contributions to global stability.

Furthermore, the conflicting parties in Sudan were urged to declare a permanent ceasefire promptly, preserve the gains of the transition process, and seek resolution through reconciliation. The statement emphasized Turkey’s continued readiness to provide support for achieving peace and stability in Sudan.

The MGK meeting concluded with a resolute commitment to safeguarding Turkey’s national security and promoting regional cooperation for the greater good of all nations involved. The discussions and outcomes of the meeting demonstrate Turkey’s proactive approach in addressing regional challenges and its commitment to fostering stability, peace, and prosperity in the ever-changing global landscape.

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