This refers to the exclusive report in The Hindu, “Chennai youth fighting in Syria jihad” (March 25) which alleged that “several jihadist groups operating inside Syria” are “now based” in Turkey. It is not clear where the correspondents got this misleading piece of information from.

Turkey is among the nations that have consistently led efforts to counter terrorism which is a crime against humanity. In Syria’s case, we have been victimised by an illegitimate government’s activities within Turkey, where we have lost 74 lives, and by their creation of chaos across our borders.

Turkey can never be a host to any terrorist group. Turkey is what it has always been — a force against terrorism.

Dr. Burak Akçapar,

Ambassador to India,

Republic of Turkey

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