Turkey has actualized its commitments “from Afghanistan to the Adriatic and we will continue to do,” defense minister Hulusi Akar said Friday.
"No one can talk about Turkey's relations with NATO negatively,” he said while speaking at the closing ceremony of 'Anatolian's Anka' military drill in Konya province. "We have completely fulfilled commitments to notably NATO and international organizations, as well as national duties."
- Fighting against to FETO
Akar said the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group Ankara accuses of being behind a defeated coup, is not finished. “When new information and documents came to light, we did what we need to do and we will continue," he said.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, according to authorities.
The terror group is also accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
Among attendees were Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler, Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar, Naval Forces Commander Adnan Ozbal, Air Forces Commander Hasan Kucukakyuz at the 3rd Main Jet Base.
Azerbaijan, the U.K., Qatar, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Pakistan and Romania participated in the drill.
Reporting by Sarp Ozer
Writing by Burak Bir