“Turkey’s attitude towards Uyghurs is clear, honest and ethical” – Uyghur

Mr. Mustafa Shantop, the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, emphasized that Turkey’s position on the Uyghur issue is clear and honest.

Mr. Mustafa Shantop, in an online meeting with Li Zhenshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, on August 24, emphasized that Uyghurs and Turks are closely related in terms of ethnicity, religion, belief, and culture, so Turkey’s position on the Uyghur issue is clear, honest, and ethical.

Mr. Mustafa Santop, Chairman of the Turkish Parliament, said that Turkey should balance its business with China, and hoped that China would invest more in Turkey.

Mustafa Shantop spoke about the Uyghurs at the meeting and said: “The Uyghur Turks and the Turks are closely related in terms of ethnicity, religion and culture, so Turkey’s position on the Uyghur issue is clear, honest and ethical.” We have no intention of using our fellow citizens living in other countries as a means to interfere in the internal affairs of those countries. We want them to be a bridge in our development of relations with those countries. We hope that our brothers will live in peace and welfare in the countries where they live, with human rights and rights.

According to “Anadolu” news agency, cooperation and trade relations between the two countries were discussed at the online conference held on August 24 at the request of the Chinese side.

In 2017, since the issue of prison camps in the Uyghur region was raised, the opposition parties in the Turkish Parliament have raised this issue many times, and even submitted a draft law on it, but the President of the Turkish Parliament, Mr. Mustafa Shantop, remained silent. What is the reason why Mustafa Shantop raised this issue in the online meeting with China today? How do Uyghurs in Turkey feel about this?

Dr. Barish Adibally, a professor of international relations at Dumlupinar University in Timihahia, Turkey, said: “There is nothing new about what Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Santop said about the Uyghurs. The previous governments also said the same thing. He did not mention the camp issue in his speech. In my opinion, such diplomatic words are useless. Governments in Turkey have been making such statements for many years, and there have been protests. But there are no people who are really confused about the ways to solve the East Turkistan problem. I think the Turkish government needs to think about ways to solve this problem. Because China’s oppression of Uyghurs has not decreased. So I think the Turkish government should think about it and find ways to solve it instead of playing nice diplomatic word games.”

Mr. Maulan Tiryakut, PhD student of international relations at Ibn Khaldun University in Istanbul, said that Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Shantop said that the external and internal pressure on Turkey, as well as the elections to be held in Turkey next year, were the impetus for this statement.

Mr. Maulan Tariyakut argued that Turkey has made such statements many times before, and that such words do not affect China.

The East Turkistan public organizations operating in Turkey have submitted reports on the prison camps to the President of the Turkish Parliament many times. President of the International Association of East Turkistan Organizations, Mr. Hidayatullah Oiztkhan said that although the words of Mustafa Shantop made the Uyghurs happy, it was not enough.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Santop reported on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Ankara that he held an online meeting with Li Zhenshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, on August 24. However, the news did not provide any information about Mustafa Shantop’s mention of the Uyghur issue in this online meeting.



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