Turk­ish Em­bassy marks first an­niver­sary of de­feat­ing coup

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Faten Omar


The Turk­ish Em­bassy yes­ter­day marked one year since the de­feat of a coup aimed at oust­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan. “On the night of July 15 last year, the Turk­ish na­tion foiled a coup by the fol­low­ers of Fethul­lah Gulen, who con­sid­ers him­self the ‘imam of the uni­verse,’ who had in­fil­trated into the armed forces and other pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions. What hap­pened that night was a huge ter­ror­ist at­tack never seen be­fore in the his­tory of the Repub­lic of Tur­key. Around 250 peo­ple were killed and more than 2,000 were in­jured,” Tur­key’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Salih Mu­rat Tamer told re­porters.

Tamer noted that the Turk­ish Em­bassy honored the mar­tyrs of the coup bid. “We re­call with re­spect our dear mar­tyrs who lost their lives dur­ing their heroic strug­gle in de­fend­ing democ­racy and the fu­ture of their state. We ask God for mercy on them, and ex­press our thanks and grat­i­tude to the wounded. The Turk­ish peo­ple faced the putschists with great courage - they were all one. They stood in front of tanks with no weapons. They made shields from their bod­ies to pre­vent the fall of state in­sti­tu­tions. They made it clear that the Turk­ish peo­ple will not al­low any in­ter­ven­tions out­side the frame­work of democ­racy. They proved that the fu­ture of Tur­key is de­ter­mined by the free will of the peo­ple and not by the armed groups,”Tamer said.

“For more than a thou­sand years, traitors fought against the mil­i­tary, but did not open fire against their own peo­ple. For this rea­son, as the pres­i­dent of our repub­lic has stated, the event of July 15 is the most in­sid­i­ous and dirty coup at­tempt,” he added.

The Turk­ish am­bas­sador called to never for­get July 15 and not let fu­ture gen­er­a­tions for­get it. He thanked HH the Amir, HH Crown Prince and HH Prime Min­is­ter of Kuwait, who quickly made con­tact af­ter they learned about the failed coup. “Kuwait has been im­pres­sive de­spite its small geo­graph­i­cal size, it has a large heart that can ac­com­mo­date the whole world,” Tamer said. He said the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion estab­lished by Gulen (FETO) aims to abol­ish the gov­ern­ment of Tur­key by force and all il­le­gal means, hin­der­ing the per­for­mance of its func­tions in part or in to­tal and putting the sovereignty of the state un­der pres­sure, thus weak­en­ing it.

GCC rift

On the Qatar-Gulf cri­sis, the Turk­ish am­bas­sador said Tur­key be­lieves the cri­sis was not sup­posed to be this com­pli­cated in the first place. “We sup­port the Amir’s ef­forts. We are not a part of this cri­sis but we stand by in­ter­na­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian laws. The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil has been in ex­is­tence for over 40 years, and I hope it will con­tinue to do so. This is­sue should be re­solved un­der the um­brella of the Gulf states and not by ex­ter­nal in­ter­ven­tions,” Tamer said. He said the four Arab states are “broth­erly coun­tries” to Tur­key, but it is not right to be against Qatar. He said any prob­lem in the Gulf is a prob­lem for Tur­key, as the re­gion is its strate­gic part­ner.

On a visit by Er­do­gan to Kuwait and other Gulf coun­tries, he said: “The pres­i­dent will be vis­it­ing Kuwait soon but the date has not yet been de­ter­mined.” About the pos­si­bil­ity of Er­do­gan vis­it­ing Saudi Ara­bia, Tamer af­firmed that he might visit Riyadh be­cause Saudi Ara­bia is a broth­erly coun­try even if “we do not agree on some points of view”. “This does not mean that we are not friends, but we use the dis­cus­sion ta­ble to re­solve our dis­agree­ments,” he said. The am­bas­sador noted that Qatar is the only na­tion that can ask the Turk­ish mil­i­tary to close its base and leave. “It is not rea­son­able for other coun­tries to force the Turk­ish mil­i­tary base to close, while they have US and Bri­tish mil­i­tary bases!”

He re­vealed that some mem­bers of FETO were plan­ning to open a univer­sity in Kuwait, but when Kuwait didn’t agree with their pro­posal, they opened an ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. But Kuwait later closed the cen­ter and ex­pelled its mem­bers to Tur­key.

Tur­key’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Salih Mu­rat Tamer tours guests in a gallery show­ing pic­tures of Turk­ish peo­ple sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan. — Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Tur­key’s Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Salih Mu­rat Tamer speaks dur­ing a cer­e­mony to mark the first an­niver­sary since the de­feat of a coup aimed at oust­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

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