Turkish president appreciates Togo’s support in fight against FETO terror group
Turkey, Turkic Council to donate COVID-19 jabs to Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey highly appreciates Togo’s support in the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbe in the capital Lome, Erdogan said that steps can be taken in military security cooperation so that terrorism does not infiltrate the West African region.
"We will always continue to stand by Togo in this regard," he added.
"We want friendly countries to be cleansed of the scourge of FETO, I hope we will achieve this," Erdogan stressed.
FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people dead and 2,734 injured.
Ankara accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.
Erdogan also underlined that Turkey and the Turkic Council will donate COVID-19 jabs to Togo, Burkina Faso, and Liberia as part of efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
The Turkic Council was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organization with an overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic-speaking states. It consists of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan as member countries and Hungary as an observer state.
The Turkish president started a four-day tour of three African countries, including Angola, Togo, and Nigeria, on Sunday.
Erdogan's African tour, which also includes Nigeria, is considered significant for new cooperation opportunities in Africa.