BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 P.M.) – On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed his country’s military units stationed near the border with Syria during a phone conversation with his defense minister, Hulusi Akar.

Erdogan said that the latest developments in northern Iraq, Libya and the “Spring of Peace” area and Idlib, Syria, showed the strength of Turkey’s military.

“I am confident that our unity and solidarity will make the world look admiringly to Turkey and strengthen our position within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),” Erdogan said.

He continued: “The solidarity that we demonstrated with the brothers in Libya, and the consulting services that we provided, showed how strong our performance is.”

For his part, the Minister of Defense Akar stressed to President Erdogan that “the morale of the Turkish Army is very high, and that the members of the Turkish armed forces are performing their duties to the fullest.”

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