World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking in Istanbul at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 62nd general meeting, Cavusoglu rebuffed the claims of Armenian delegation head Koryun Nahapetyan.
Nahapetyan had said, "Turkey is actively supporting ISIL, and the country's policies caused instability in the region".
"You are from Armenia and I am Turkish. But firstly we have to be honest. We have to be honest if we were politicians. Unfortunately our Armenian friends are not honest. How can you say that we are supporting ISIL?", Cavusoglu said.
"Who is maintaining an active operation against ISIL beyond the Turkish border?” he asked, referring to Operation Euphrates Shield, which launched in late August. “What country has killed as many ISIL extremists as Turkey did? We eliminated more than 700 extremists in our Camp Bashiqa [Iraq] alone".
Turkey has a longstanding military training mission at Camp Bashiqa, where Turkish soldiers have trained both Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and local tribal volunteers in combat techniques.
"Who is effective at stopping ISIL's foreign fighters? You say, 'You are supporting ISIL'. ISIL hates us. Look at their webpage. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is their arch-enemy. And his close associates and me as well. Why? As I said just now, we are fighting against them actively. Both at home and abroad, and we fight all types of extrem", said Turkey’s top diplomat.
Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield began on Aug. 24 to rid Syria's northern border area of extremists, particularly ISIL. Around 1,760 square kilometers (680 square miles) of land in northern Syria have so far been cleared of ISIL extremists as part of the operation.