Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country’s progress in its defense industry has shown the world the power of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Turkey has acted as a “game changer” due to its experience in the fight against terrorism and its advancement in the defense industry, the country’s president said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the graduation ceremony of the Turkish Military Academy on the occasion of the centenary of Victory Day in Ankara on Tuesday.
“Turkey has become a country that anticipates instead of lagging behind, adopting a strategy of preventing threats at their roots,” Erdogan said at the ceremony.
He said Ankara had dealt the “first hard and serious blow” to the Daesh terrorist group, which posed a major regional threat, through its Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria.
“Following Operation Olive Branch, Peace Spring and Spring Shield, we have shown the world the power of the Turkish Armed Forces to protect our country’s interests and ensure peace in the region,” he said.
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President Erdogan at the Turkish Military Academy graduation ceremony:
– Our army is high quality, must be supported
– We played a decisive role in defense
– Turkey is increasingly effective in its region
– 80% of our defense industry is national, its increase pic.twitter.com/7HdFIBDfgU
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The Turkish president also criticized the hostile attitudes of the country’s “so-called allies” and the support these allies give to other hostile entities.
He added that Turkey weighs the pros and cons of its existing political relations, but does not hesitate to establish new partnerships.
On Türkiye’s military education and training system, Erdogan said the country has now “completely abandoned” the system “damaged by the coup mentality for 70 years”.
“Global and regional developments indicate that we need to reinforce our army with more qualified personnel and more manpower,” he said, adding that Turkey will use all its “energy, concentration and opportunities for this issue in the future”.
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