10/05/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/05/2020 14:38
Addressing citizens following the Presidential Cabinet meeting, President Erdoğan said: 'As the humanity's common conscience, Turkey now has a say and is capable of making its words heard in every issue. Turkey now has obtained the capability to implement its political and economic policies with an active military support on the ground. Turkey now has reached a level where it is able to lend support to all of its friends and stick by it.'
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a speech following the meeting of the Presidential Cabinet.
'AN ADVANCED LEVEL HAS BEEN REACHED IN VACCINE STUDIES'
Drawing attention to the progress Turkey has made in its efforts to develop its own vaccine against COVID-19, President Erdoğan said: '13 different vaccine studies had been started in Turkey. Five of them in two separate categories have neared the human trials phase. This picture alone suffices to prove the strategic character of the investments made in Turkey's medical infrastructure.'
'TODAY'S TURKEY HAS AN HONORABLE AND EFFECTIVE POSITION IN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL POLITICS'
Today's Turkey has an honorable, principled and effective position in regional and global politics, stated the President, and underlined: 'As the humanity's common conscience, Turkey now has a say and is capable of making its words heard in every issue. Turkey now has obtained the capability to implement its political and economic policies with an active military support on the ground. Turkey now has reached a level where it is able to lend support to all of its friends and stick by it.'
'IT IS EVERY HONORABLE STATE'S DUTY TO SUPPORT AZERBAIJAN'S FIGHT TO LIBERATE ITS LANDS UNDER OCCUPATION'
Touching upon Armenia's attacks on Azerbaijani territory, President Erdoğan recalled the international community's silence in the face of Armenia's occupation of Karabakh and Azerbaijani lands, and said: 'What is more, what took place in Karabakh was not only occupation but also massacres that were a disgrace to humanity. The massacres - which the Armenians committed without any distinction of children, women or men and didn't shy away from talking about proudly - were left unpunished.'
Noting that the Minsk Group, co-chaired by the US, France and Russia, doomed the issue to deadlock rather than settle it, President Erdoğan stated: 'We have been saying since the beginning that we are in full solidarity with Azerbaijan. As a matter of fact, it is every honorable state's duty to support Azerbaijan's fight to liberate its lands that are under occupation. It is impossible for humanity to achieve lasting peace and serenity unless the world is rescued from rogue states and their rogue leaders.'
The President added: 'It is a requirement of the historical, legal and geographical realities that the Karabakh issue, the gravest crisis in the Caucasus over the past 30 years, be thus resolved. Otherwise, it is impossible to put an end to the injustice and conflicts in the region.'