President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended and delivered a speech at the Group Meeting of the Justice and Development (AK) Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
“THE PRESIDENT AND HIS RELATIVES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THESE KINDS OF FRAUD”
Indicating that they exposed the lie of the main opposition leader who deceived the public by saying “The relatives of the President transferred millions of dollars to a company abroad”, President Erdoğan said: “I would like to repeat once again: the President and his relatives have absolutely nothing do to with these kinds of fraud which are demonstrated in his own personality. They sending money abroad is out of question.”
President Erdoğan referred to the statements of the same party leader indicating that he will be making statements concerning the Zarrab case which is tried to be used by the US as a weapon against Turkey. The President made evaluations concerning the lawsuit.
“THE PROJECT OF THE LAWSUIT IN THE U.S. BELONGS TO A GROUP WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION”
Underlining that the lawsuit in the US is in no way connected to law, justice or trade and that it is nothing more than a distraction, President Erdoğan stated: “The aim of this is killing multiple birds with one stone. One aspect involves their wish to speed up the project in Syria and in Iraq which works against our country by attracting Turkey’s attention to the lawsuit. The project of the lawsuit belongs to a group within the American administration; FETO and Republican People’s Party (CHP) are assigned the task of supplying materials.”
Indicating that the situation in the US resembles the February 28 process in Turkey in which a group from the old administration remaining at critical positions pursues a completely different policy concerning Turkey which contradicts the will of the US President Trump and his administration, President Erdoğan stated that as a result of their respect for democracy, the addressees of Turkey are the elected President of the US Donald Trump and his administration.
“THE LAWSUIT IS KEPT ON THE AGENDA AS A TOOL FOR BLACKMAIL”
“The intention of those who attempt to try us for our trade relations with Iran is concealing the terror army composed of tens of thousands of people which they try to establish along our borders,” said President Erdoğan and articulated that upon observing its course, it can clearly be seen that the lawsuit is kept on the agenda to be used as a tool for blackmail so as to discourage Turkey from pursuing its claims and achievements in the region.
President Erdoğan drew attention to the fact that even persons with no attachments to Turkey react against this public scheme and made the following remarks: “First of all, it would be useful to examine what this lawsuit actually is. According to the indictment, the matter in dispute is uncovering a plan which aimed at violating the sanctions imposed on Iran by the US. Again according to the indictment, instead of keeping the money to be paid in exchange for the purchase of natural gas from Iran in its own banks, Turkey transferred the money to its true claimant that is Iran through certain methods. The defendants of the lawsuit are accused of swindling the US, violating the relevant legislation and conspiring for procedures such as money laundering. In fact, the sanctions placed on Iran are violated primarily by American corporations along with various Western countries. Either they are not aware of this or the provocation continues in a similar fashion. In the West, numerous banks faced such accusations and ended up making payments worth of billions of euros.”
“THERE IS A MISE-EN-SCENE AIMING TO DEFAME OUR COUNTRY IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA”
Stating that even if the accusation is unjustified, the follow-up and discussion of the proceedings must be carried out on its own grounds based on the principle of “Punishing economic crimes on an economic basis, President Erdoğan made the following observation: “However, in this case, the adopted procedure is different from others concerning the violations of sanctions on Iran as they brought a criminal action. During the trials, without dwelling on the actual matter in dispute, there is a mise-en-scene aiming to defame our country in the international arena.”
Indicating that everything including the statements of claimants, the questions of the prosecutors and materials demonstrated as “evidence” is all a part of this mise-en-scene, President Erdoğan said, “The American media evaluate the Zarrab case together with the headings of Russia, Flyn, and Trump. In other words, this lawsuit is perceived as a material of the grand internal conflict within the American politics.”
President Erdoğan underscored the fact that this is not a lawsuit or investigation on corruption as claimed by certain circles directed by FETO and the main opposition and said, “During the December 17-25 process, there was an attempt at eliminating the constitutional order in our country through a coup staged by security forces and judiciary on the pretext of corruption. In exactly the same way, the lawsuit in the US aims to achieve the same end at the international arena. The claim concerning a “conspiracy” within the indictment is correct, however this conspiracy is not against the US but it is against Turkey.”
“THE LAWSUIT IS AN INTERNATIONAL COUP ATTEMPT WITH FETO PLACED ON ITS CENTRE”
“This lawsuit is an international coup attempt following the December 17-25 process and July 15 coup attempt with FETO placed on its centre” stated President Erdoğan and asked: “Now I would like to call out to the US, don’t you still understand that the July 15 was a coup attempt by FETO, can’t you understand that? While the Turkish jurisdiction tries and condemns whoever was involved in this, primarily the FETO to life sentences, while you receive files concerning this and while many of them fled to the US and to the West, what are you still trying to conceal?”
President Erdoğan emphasized that nobody has any right to place Turkey in the middle of the inner conflict of American politics or differences of opinion concerning American policies in the region and made the following remarks: “Recently, one of the headmen of the PYD-YPG took refuge in our country and undeniably explained what the US does in Syria in order to protect, favour and foster this terrorist organization. We had already established all these through footages, we know all about it. How can we accept the alliance of an ally which places terrorists and their armament under American protection in order to prevent the operations of Turkey? What kind of an alliance is this? It is no longer possible to conceal this sinister scheme carried out on the pretext of DAESH.”
“WE CANNOT STAND BY AND WATCH THE ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISHE A TERROR STATE UNDER OUR NOSE”
Indicating that nobody should attempt to lecture Turkey on fight against DAESH, President Erdoğan said, “Because Turkey is the only NATO country which actively fights against DAESH.” Stating that the DAESH militants will be exiled to and employed in the San’a Desert in Egypt within the scope of the Raqqa operation and what their mission will be established later on, President Erdoğan said, “How can we build a common future with an ally which claims to respect our sensitivities in theory but betrays all security sensitivities of Turkey in practice?”
Declaring that they shall soon eliminate all the extensions of the terrorist organization in Syria, President Erdoğan made the following remarks: “Until now, we acted with utmost caution so as not to harm the personnel of the powers whom we considered as friends, the continuation of this attitude is only possible if our sensitivities are respected. We cannot simply stand by and watch while those who try to crucify us in the US through the claims of violating sanctions attempt to establish a terror state right under our nose.”
“THE NAME OF THE TERRORISTS DO NOT MATTER TO US ANYMORE”
President Erdoğan stated, “The name and the uniform of terrorists do not matter to us anymore,” and underlined that placing PYD-YPG and their main structure PKK terrorist organizations under the name of ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) is nothing but a trick and they do not fall for this trick. The President also recalled that Turkey and the US co-founded the Free Syrian Army.
“THE US’ DECISION ON AL-QUDS IS A VIOLATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LAW”
Referring to the news reporting that the United States prepares to recognize Al-Quds as Israel’s capital and expressing his regret in the face of this news, President Erdoğan addressed President Trump and said, “Mr President, Al-Quds is Muslims’ red line. Making a decision in support of Israel while the Palestinian people’s wounds continue to bleed and while there is no end to violations of rights, to oppression and suppression, would be not only a violation of international law but also a heavy blow to humanity’s conscience.”
Stating that as the Term President of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, they will follow this issue and convene the OIC summit in Istanbul within 5 to 10 days should a step is taken in this direction, President Erdoğan made the following remarks: “There is more, we shall revive the whole Islamic world through crucial events along with this summit because this is not an ordinary issue. Has the US tied all the loose ends and taken up this issue? Is the US finished with fighting against DAESH? Currently, Netanyahu is unable to put an end to the internal feud in Israel? We shall definitely continue our struggle concerning this with determination until the end. This might result in cutting diplomatic relations with Israel. We once again warn the US against taking such a step which would only deteriorate the problems in the region; this cannot happen, you cannot take this step. Because the whole world is now connected, within these connections, you cannot disregard the issues that would develop in this region if you act ‘however you want’”.
“TURKEY HAS ANCIENT RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLE OF IRAN”
Indicating that Turkey and Iran has their agreements and disagreements and that Turkey has ancient, profound, personal and cultural relations with the people of Iran, President Erdoğan stated that natural gas and oil exportation constitutes the main items in trade relations with Iran and recalled, “When the US requested us to reduce the amount of the oil trade with Iran, we responded to their request and did reduce our oil exportation from Iran to a certain degree.”
Drawing attention to the fact that many countries did not reduce oil exports from Iran at all, that prominent American corporations still have products in Iran and that various Western countries export cars from Iran, President Erdoğan made the following remarks: “Natural gas is a strategic product for industry, for power generation and for its widespread use in housing. Moreover, while the sanctions were still in place, Turkey had no substitute natural gas resource. As a result of this, as we pursued relations with Iran, we paid attention to the demands of the US when it was possible. However, I must say that the US did not show the same consideration for us.”
“IT IS NOW CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD THAT THE US HAS A PLAN AGAINST US”
“Turkey has no plan against the US, but it is now clearly understood that the US has a plan against us” said President Erdoğan and enumerated examples such as the establishment of a terror corridor in Syria and the provision of armoured vehicles, weapons and ammunition loaded on more than three thousand trailer trucks to the bases established within this corridor.
Asking why the weapons and ammunition are brought to the region and where and against whom they will be used, President Erdoğan made the following concluding remarks: “Will they be used against DAESH? Does DAESH still exist? No. Will they be used against Syria? Will they be used against Iraq? No, they were already brought from Iraq. Against whom will they be used? It is either Iran or Turkey and if they dare to do so, against Russia, is there anyone else? Now I must speak the truth, I told this to President Trump as well: ‘How can so many weapons be brought here?’ Do you know what their response was? ‘We have their serial numbers and once DAESH is eliminated we will take the weapons back’. Alright, DAESH is gone, they are eliminated from Raqqa but weapons are still being delivered and the number of bases continues to increase. Why does this number increase, why? With all due respect, we track everything step by step and we are obliged to do what is necessary.”