Photo: Anadolu Agency
Photo: Anadolu Agency

Antalya,  29 Muharram 1437/11 November 2015 (MINA) –  Turkey is prepared to open other air bases for the anti-Daesh coalition as part of an escalation in the campaign against the group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

The president was speaking to journalists in the southern coastal town of Belek, Antalya province, ahead of next week’s G20 summit there that is expected to focus partially on the conflict in Syria, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

“We need to clearly express that there are some individual and collective steps that Turkey will take against any terrorist organization, particularly Daesh,” he said.

Referring to the Incirlik air base in Adana province that is being used by U.S. warplanes to attack Daesh targets, Erdogan added: “If it is necessary, they can use also other air bases against Daesh. We are determined to fight against the group.”

Turkey stepped up its campaign against the militant group in July when it carried out its first airstrikes in Syria. Since then, Daesh has carried out suicide bomb attacks in Turkey that have resulted in more than 130 deaths, including the October attack in Ankara.

Erdogan revealed he had a 45-minute phone call with U.S. President Barrack Obama on Monday to discuss the civil war in Syria.

Erdogan touched on the safe zone for refugees that Turkey has been seeking to create in northern Syria and said there had been positive developments on establishing the zone as well as a no-fly area in the skies above.

“Some friendly countries have begun supporting the safe-zone issue,” he said without elaborating.

The leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies, with the exception of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, are to meet in Belek on Nov. 15 and 16 amid tight security to discuss global economic growth and jobs, Syria, the refugee crisis and other issues. (T/P010/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)