Binali Yildirim: Territorial integrity of China is very important for us
Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim, answering questions related to the Eastern Turkestan and tight situation of Muslims who live there on Babala TV channel, told about delicacy of the East Turkestan issue that requires cautious attitude. Yildirim noted that the Turkish government has certain views in this issue. “Sovereignty and territorial integrity of China is very important for us. We have our brothers and sisters in Eastern Turkestan. However, if they have links to terrorism and publicly speak out against territorial integrity of China, we cannot positively evaluate their actions”, stated the Turkish prime minister. The fact that Binali Yildirim referred Muslims of the Eastern Turkestan to terrorists, although namely Uighur Muslims are oppressed by Beijing administration, caused strong protests. Meanwhile, there is no end to crimes of the Chinese authorities they commit in the East Turkestan. Even in the latest weeks, thousands of Muslims in the Eastern Turkestan were put into prisons; many of them, who were mainly ulema, died because of tortures. Head of information center of Hizb ut-Tahrir- Turkey, at his social account, criticized the above statement of the Turkish prime minister. “To state that “sovereignty and territorial integrity of China is very important” for them, and to assign the Muslims who try to defend holiness of their belief, to terrorists – is a shame on the state and it’s prime minister”, wrote Mahmud Kar.