Turkey's state of emergency expected to be lifted on July 18
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
"If we are faced with a very extraordinary threat, the state of emergency mechanism can be declared again," Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after the country's first Cabinet meeting under the new presidential system.
Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016 following the coup attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.
In April, the government renewed the ongoing state of emergency for the seventh time.
Kalin said the main purpose of the Cabinet meeting was to "continue working without losing pace, time."
"Ensuring budgetary discipline, fighting inflation and implementing structural reforms are among the priorities in the new term," said Kalin, adding that new measures would be also taken on export-oriented growth.
Kalin also said that senior appointments within ministries would be made in the coming days.
"A medium-term program to be determined in consultation with all stakeholders will be prepared in the coming weeks and be presented to the president, the spokesman added.
The summit statement affirmed a commitment made in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea that NATO allies would halt defence spending cuts and start spending more as their economies grow, with the aim of moving toward 2 percent of GDP within a decade.
"Tailored assurance measures for Turkey to respond to the growing security challenges from the south contribute to the security of the Alliance as a whole, and will be fully implemented," the final communique said on Turkey.
Kalin also said Erdogan had positive talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during the NATO summit, but that the release of eight coup plotters in Greece would cause tense bilateral relations.
"We hope they [Greece] will not take any step which will make the putschists happy," Kalin said.