Turkish foreign minister: 'We are fighting terrorism'

Cavusoglu says Ankara trying to determine difference between 'real democratic opposition and those who support terrorism'

Turkish foreign minister: 'We are fighting terrorism'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s foreign minister has said being a journalist does not entitle an individual to commit crime.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking in Brussels on Tuesday during a series of high-level talks with EU officials.

At a news conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik, Cavusoglu said: "Having the identity of a journalist does not justify committing any crime."

"We are fighting with terrorist organizations. We suffered a coup attempt and we did not receive adequate support from the EU. We started to receive adequate support after one year, but support with statements."

He added whoever was inside the failed coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey or supported the plot -- whether a soldier, a police officer, a politician or a journalist -- were all the same.

"Therefore if we do not know the difference between a real democratic opposition and those who support terrorism; the problem starts there," Cavusoglu said.

He also said Turkey was ready to share information with the EU regarding this.

The minister said an ongoing state of emergency in Turkey was operating in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights and did not differ from similar measures currently in place in France.

 

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