“Ignoring Islamophobia can lay the groundwork for similar terror attacks” as last week’s New Zealand mosque attacks, said Turkey‘s National Security Council in a statement, adding that those attacks showed hostility towards Turkey, referring to anti-Turkish messages in the terrorist’s manifesto.
In a regular meeting, the council also firmly condemned the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch and the killing of “innocent people for their beliefs.”
At least 50 Muslims were killed and as many injured when Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, entered the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch and targeted those inside with gunfire, including four children under age 18 shot dead in cold blood.
The council also said that Turkey will continue to fight all terrorist groups with unwavering determination and will never allow the formation of a terrorist corridor along the country’s southern borders.
It added that migration from Syria cannot be halted without clearing terror groups from Manbij, Syria and east of the Euphrates and ensuring stability there.
Turkey has promised to launch an operation against the YPG forces- the Syrian offshoot of the illegal PKK- in Syria, east of the Euphrates.
PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
Separately, the council stated that it reviewed security measures to ensure peaceful local elections on March 31.
Hurriyet Daily News