Turkey’s president vows to rebuild Syrian churches destroyed in conflict

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Mr Erdogan made the statement during a press conference with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

It comes after Mr Erdogan launched an operation last month to attack Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic State, due to the US pulling troops from the region.

 

The Turkish government claims the Kurdish fighters are terrorists themselves. The conflict has caused several thousand Syrians to be displaced. They have also been accused of targeting innocent civilians.

A reporter asked the Turkish president during the press briefing: “With the — what you’re calling a realignment along the northern Syria border, a lot of Christians in that region are feeling very vulnerable.  Groups on the ground are saying that attacks on Christians have increased under this new policy.  And that they’re not feeling safe any longer.  Can you guarantee that the Turkish government will also protect Christians in that region? “

President Erdogan replied: “On the contrary, Keldani, Yazidi, and Christian minorities is an area where we’re especially sensitive about, and we have certain, different plans — whether it be the ones remaining on the side of Syria — whose sanctuaries have been destroyed, whose churches had been destroyed — will see their sanctuaries getting revived and their churches will be reconstructed so that they can go back and…

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