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STATEMENT FROM ŞENTOP, SPEAKER OF GNAT ABOUT QASEM SOLEIMANI


Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey said on the death of Major General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in Iran's Revolutionary Guard that "It is a matter of killing a public official of an independent state entitled to sovereignty by the authorities of another state in a third country. In this sense, this is an alarming picture in the context of international law” 04.01.2020

Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, visited Tekirdağ and within his visit he made an inspection visit to the field in the beach where “Coast Harbor Project” studies were made initiated by the Municipality of Süleymanpaşa.

Referring to the recent developments in the Middle East, Şentop continued as follows:

“Today, many columnists draw attention to this issue. From the day we were born, the waters in the Middle East are getting hot every day. There are very important agenda items that follow each other. Peace has not come to the Middle East for half a century we have witnessed. Especially the peoples and states in the Middle East should lead the way. Those who come here from different parts of the world to operate for oil, especially for underground wealth, must respect the region, the people of the country and the sovereign rights of the states that live here."

Speaking about the killing of General Qasem Soleimani , the commander of the Jerusalem Force affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, in the US air raid, Şentop, the Speaker of Parliament, said:

“Qasem Suleimani, an official of Iran, was assassinated by the United States. There are different interpretations of the developments in the Middle East, especially the activities of Qasem Suleimani there in the Middle East and his works. Especially in Syria, in Iraq, among the clashes of sectarian differences, there were many people who reacted to the activities of Qasem Suleimani and felt uncomfortable because of that. There were circles reacting to the massacres of the Sunnis,this is a  dimension of the issue. Another dimension is the killing of a public official of an independent state, which is currently entitled to sovereignty, by the authorities of another state within a third country. In this sense, this is an alarming picture in the context of international law.”

Şentop said that he did not think that this situation would contribute positively to the developments in the Middle East, especially Iraq.

Underlining that this development may lead to greater tensions, perhaps greater conflicts, Speaker of the Parliament,  Şentop said: "Everyone in the region, especially the peoples of the region, including the military forces from outside the region, aimed at peace, will reduce the tension in a short time and needs to act in an understanding that will bring the East into a climate of peace. Peace does not come to the Middle East with the insights that a drop of oil is more precious than a drop of blood. The peoples who live here must first take care of peace."

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