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Muallem was similarly defiant when discussing the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan, and stated that Damascus will do everything it can to “restore” its sovereignty over the territory.
In his own address before the General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the conflict in Syria continues to pose a threat to regional security and stability, noting that his country hosts four million Syrian refugees displaced by the war. He claimed that Turkey has played a decisive role in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and that he wanted to see a “permanent solution” to the situation in Syria.
Turkey has been a major player in the Syrian conflict and has launched military excursions into the country under the pretext of hunting down Kurdish militia groups, the PKK and YPG, which Ankara considers terrorist organizations.
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