Erdogan stands out against ethnic discrimination

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Erdogan stands out against ethnic discrimination

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood out against ethnic discrimination in the country during his visit to southeastern Diyarbakir province.

"Anyone who discriminates on the basis of ethnicity in our country will have to face us first," he said said addressing the opening ceremony of football stadium in Diyarbakir.

Erdogan said it is not possible to serve the people by helping those who have treacherous aims for the region.

He said Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) members who obey to a charlatan living in the US, Daesh members who kill Muslims in the name of Islam and PKK members who fire bullets against their own country, are the same.

"We are not working to exploit Diyarbakir, but working to construct, develop, boost and provide peace and welfare to Diyarbakir," Erdogan stressed.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU - has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the July 15, 2016 defeated coup which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

More than 300 people lost their lives in Daesh-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bomb, rocket, and gun attacks in recent years.

APP/AFP