Turkey, UK on same page against ter­ror­ism, Bri­tish en­voy says

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

DO­MINICK Chilcott, the am­bas­sador of the United King­dom to Ankara, high­lighted on Thurs­day Turkey’s in­tense ef­forts on the fight against ter­ror­ism, say­ing Ankara and Lon­don share a com­mon stance against threats in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism, ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion, and con­flict.

“Our re­la­tions with Turkey are al­ways very im­por­tant. How­ever, to­day is more vi­tal than ever. Our part­ner­ship en­ables our coun­tries to be­come safer and more pros­per­ous coun­tries. As the United King­dom and Turkey, we are strug­gling with com­mon threats such as ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion, ter­ror­ism, and con­flict,” Chilcott said at a panel in the south­east­ern prov­ince of Gaziantep.

High­light­ing that both coun­tries as­so­ciate with the other in terms of trade and de­fense co­op­er­a­tion, Chilcott said Turkey’s con­tri­bu­tions to the in­ter­na­tional fight against Daesh are “in­valu­able,” adding that the U.K. is in close co­op­er­a­tion with Turkey to an­ni­hi­late the per­tur­ba­tion that the two coun­tries face mu­tu­ally.

“The PKK is a se­ri­ous threat for Turkey, which the United King­dom listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. The United King­dom, al­lows the net­work to pre­vent the PKK to be de­coded. We con­demn PKK ter­ror­ism,” the am­bas­sador said and con­demned the ter­ror- ist group, which has been re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of nearly 40,000 peo­ple in its more than 30-year ter­ror cam­paign against Turkey. The U.K. en­voy also high­lighted Ankara’s con­tri­bu­tions to Syr­ian refugees, say­ing that the U.K. will also con­tinue to sup­port Turkey re­gard­ing the is­sue and that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should not turn a blind eye to the hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues when it comes to help­ing refugees.

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