Turkey, NATO alliance should not be 'undermined'

We should not allow anyone to undermine our alliance, Gen. Akar says in Canada

Turkey, NATO alliance should not be 'undermined'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s alliance with NATO should not be undermined, Turkish military chief Gen. Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.

Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia in Canada, Chief of General Staff Gen. Akar said: “NATO is the most successful and most effective military organization that has existed throughout history.

“Recently, in one of the NATO exercises we had an unpleasant and unacceptable event, reportedly committed by an individual who may be backed by [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] FETO members.

“NATO administrators responded timely and appropriately. We should not allow anyone to undermine our alliance and our solidarity.”

Turkey withdrew its troops from a NATO military drill in Norway after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his name and the picture of Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were used in an "enemy chart”.

Following the incident, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg apologized to Turkey in a written statement as well as to Gen. Akar during a face-to-face meeting in Canada.

Gen. Akar said Turkey is one of the countries with the highest number of troops in NATO and the country has supported 14 missions of the alliance in 11 different countries.

The general also criticized Turkey’s allies who were providing weapons to PKK/PYD terror group.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2017, 11:01