Those who are aiming to destroy the brotherhood and unity of the Turkish people will never be successful, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, vowing that Turkey will continue to serve as the protector of all those who are in need in the wider region.
“We will further strengthen our bonds of love. From this square in Söğüt, I tell all those vile ones who target our unity and try to cast a shadow on our fraternity: You will never win,” Yıldırım said in his address at an event marking the 736th commemoration of Ertuğrul Gazi, the father of Osman Bey who founded the Ottoman Empire
in present day Söğüt district of the Marmara province of Bilecik.
“You will never be able to destroy the brotherhood of this people. You will never be able to lower this flag and silence these ezans,” he stressed, referring to the Muslim call for prayer.
Although he did not specify, Yıldırım mainly referred to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), blamed for conducting last year’s bloody coup attempt in which 249 people were killed and more than 2,500 wounded.
Stressing that Turkey has been passing through a difficult period which requires standing against all challenges in full unity, Yıldırım said their sole objective is to leave the country to younger generations as one of the leading countries of the world.
“The Turkish people have always been taking the side of justice against oppressions. It’s because our civilization has been protecting not only its own honor and dignity but also that of nations under oppression. We have carried the flag of tolerance, love and justice from the Caucasus to the Balkans, from Hijaz to Maghreb,” he stated.
“Our civilization is based on love, science, peace, brotherhood and knowledge,” he said.