Turkish shipping industry blossomed over 16 years: Erdogan

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

<p>By Sena Guler</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkey's shipping industry has blossomed over the last 16 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.</p> <p>&quot;The Turkish shipping industry has blown the cobwebs away and blossomed again over the last 16 years,&quot; Erdogan said at the launch ceremony in Istanbul of a new test and training ship, the Ufuk (A-591).</p> <p>On Turkey’s fight against terrorism, Erdogan said: &quot;Over the last three years, we have scored many large successes against terror groups, especially Daesh and the PKK, who target our citizens’ lives and try to divide our country.&quot;</p> <p>He added that all of the terrorist groups which shed the blood of Muslims, from Daesh to al-Qaeda, carry Western-made weapons.</p> <p>&quot;The PYD/YPG murderers carrying out a genocide in northern Syria have our allies’ rockets, bombs and weapons in their hands,&quot; Erdogan said, referring to U.S. support for the YPG/PKK, a Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group.</p> <p>In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.</p>