ASIA/TURKEY - Erdogan calls for religious minorities to support Turkish military operations in Syria

Monday, 9 March 2020 middle east   religious minorities   oriental churches   area crisis   geopolitics  


Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - The communication office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent to the foundations that belong to the minority religious communities the request to sign a document of unconditional support for the Turkish government and army, at a time when Turkish soldiers continue their operations on the scenarios of the ongoing conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib. According to what was reported by Agos, a Turkish-Armenian bilingual newspaper published in Istanbul, the text to be signed sent to the Foundations of religious minorities contains the following sentence: "We state before the world that we will continue to support our government and our army as they strive to maintain peace in the region, and that, if necessary, we will fight alongside them". Agos reports that some of the representatives of the Foundations have asked for some adjustments to the text of the document sent to them by the collaborators of President Erdogan with a peremptory subscription request. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 9/3/2020)