Intellectual and Political Path in Turkey and Its Future

Basamat for Development “BFD”, in collaboration with Arab Association, have organized a seminar on the intellectual and political path in Turkey and its future, discussed by Prof. Yassin Aktay, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Advisor, on Saturday evening 9th February in Zubaydah Hanim Hall, Fatih, Istanbul.

More than 250 people from political and social backgrounds and local organizations attended the seminar in the presence of media channels and news agencies.

In his statement, Prof. Yassin Aktay stated that Turkish people have held their democracy when they played a pivotal role in the abortion of the military coup attempt in mid-2016 which he called it as “real terrorism against the Turkish sovereign”

He also pointed out that the Turkish state was keen to guarantee freedoms for all citizens, especially Kurds. “We do not allow any outside party to interfere with us”, he said, stressing that Turkey proudly relies on its human capital to achieve its goals and that the country was able to make a great leap because of AKP’s interest in science and technology.

Prof. Aktay presented some human capital-oriented improvements that took place during AKP’s era, e.g. the number of universities raised from 76 to 210 since 2003, as well as increasing the academic majors and faculties. Also, the country has achieved significant economic growth with exports increased from $30 billion to $170 billion, according to Aktay.

In the political context, Yassin explained that the country’s transition from parliamentary to presidential system aims to enhance the state effectiveness in moving forward toward achieving further benefits for all Turkish people regardless their race or religion.

He also discussed Turkey’ future perspective and plan regarding to the next stage in Syria asserting that although Turkey opened its doors to more than 4 million Syrians, there is no place more convenient than their home country and the Turkish state “has no desire to stay on Syrian territory” and it is willing to stop its operations once the safety of civilians is guaranteed. In this context, Aktay mentioned that Turkey has demanded the United Nations many times to establish a safe zone in the northern areas of Syria to ensure the civilians safety, but no real actions have been delivered until now and that’s why the Turkish state maintains its presence in some Syrian territories.

In his word, Aktay pointed out that the military operations carried out by the Turkish forces in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army in northern Syria contributed to the return of 300,000 Syrians to their homeland and the Turkey now provides essential services in these areas.

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