ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has affirmed that his country’s doors would remain wide open for all oppressed people fleeing prosecution in any part of the world.
“From Spain to North Africa, Turkey’s gates and hearts have been open to all oppressed,” Erdogan said Saturday during a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of a new Syriac Orthodox Church in Istanbul.
“There was and never will be room for discrimination in our minds and hearts,” he asserted.
The Turkish leader stated that Turkey was currently hosting nearly four million Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens as well as Muslims, Assyrians, Yazidis and other groups from Syria and Iraq.
“To us, anyone who has affection and loyalty for Turkey and contributes to it is a first-class citizen,” Erdogan suggested.
He argued that the real target of terror groups and their allies was “our common homeland and the best way to disappoint them is to see our differences as our most important wealth.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency