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NATO should avoid being part of the conflict, Turkish leader says

Ankara, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that during the NATO Summit he will raise issues on the fight against terrorism, Gaza and Ukraine, especially that the alliance should avoid being part of those conflicts.

Quoted by Anadolu news agency, Erdogan pointed out that he expects the results of the meeting, which will begin in the United States on Tuesday, to respect national security interests and strengthen solidarity within the alliance.

During the contacts in Washington, we will draw attention to the growing threat of terrorism in the world and emphasize the need to intensify the efforts by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) accordingly, Erdogan added.

According to the head of State, Türkiye remains principled in the conflict in Ukraine and supports its territorial integrity, but considers it unacceptable for the military bloc to become one of the parties.

Before flying to the United States, the Turkish leader noted that every day, as the guns talk in Ukraine, confirms the faithfulness of Türkiye’s position on this issue.

Erdogan stated that he intends to put Israel’s ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people on the agenda at the summit.

We have not been able to get what we wanted from the North Atlantic alliance with respect to Israel and Palestine, as the efforts by the international community are still not enough to stop the conflict, he said.

The Turkish leader also recalled that his nation is one of the five main NATO countries that form the foundation of the organization, with which other members of the alliance agree.

During the summit, he will meet with the new secretary general of the bloc, Mark Rutte.

The annual NATO Summit, dedicated to the organization’s 75th anniversary, will be held in the US capital from July 9 to 11.