Erdogan: We are making efforts to prevent new tensions and preserve stability in the Balkans


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Turkiye President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkiye would continue to make the necessary efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine, the Anadolu Agency (.) reported.

“Establishing first a truce and then lasting peace between our two neighbors would be one of the best deeds done for all mankind,” Erdogan said in an address in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, after an iftar with a group of ambassadors on the occasion of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. .

He stressed the importance of dialogue in order to achieve a truce in Ukraine.

“I wholeheartedly believe that a peaceful solution can be found through dialogue based on preserving Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Erdogan said, adding:

“We will continue our efforts to achieve a satisfactory outcome to the Istanbul negotiations that will be appropriate for both sides and the international community.”

He pointed out that recent photos and footage from Ukraine’s Bucha and Irpin cast a shadow over the progress made during talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives in Istanbul last month.

Erdogan also commented on recent developments in Al-Quds / Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“We see what happened in Al-Aqsa. This has really saddened us. I hope this will not happen again in the future,” Erdogan said.

He also touched on Turkey’s relations with Armenia, as well as developments in the Balkans.

“We sincerely intend to continue the process of normalization with Armenia. We are also making efforts to prevent new tensions and preserve stability in the Balkans,” Erdogan said.

He also reminded of the fight that Turkiye has been waging against terrorist organizations for years.

“I would like to say that we expect strong support from all our friends regarding the interruption of resources that finance terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said.

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