National Security Council addresses terrorism, Gaza crisis

The National Security Council (MGK) meeting, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 28, drew attention to the activities of the PKK terrorists in Syria, stating that any attempt that threatens national security and the territorial integrity of the region will not be tolerated.

"Any fait accompli in violation of our national security and the territorial integrity of our neighbors will not be given an opportunity," the statement released after the MGK meeting said, drawing attention to the PKK's election scheme in Syria.

In defiance of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, the PYD/YPG, an offshoot of the PKK terrorist organization, called for illegal local elections in Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011. 

The four-hour-long meeting reiterated Türkiye's determination to eliminate terrorist organizations that target the country's national security and safety in the region.

It was stated that the PKK/KCK-PYD/YPG, which has turned the lands it usurped in Iraq and Syria into a nest of terrorism, and the support provided to it will be eliminated, along with all of its elements in the region.

The meeting also emphasized that Türkiye's coordination and cooperation with Iraq would be enhanced further by the expansion of the countries' covenant basis and that concrete security steps would "strengthen our joint efforts for the development of our region."

Türkiye increased its collaboration efforts with the Iraqi army to combat the PKK, with Ankara providing technical assistance to Iraq to secure its borders and prevent the PKK from moving around the region. 

The PKK has relocated a significant portion of its operations to northern Iraq, including a stronghold in the Qandil Mountains, as...

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