NATO chief says strong Turkey 'essential' for stability

A demonstrator holds a flag picturing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan among demostrators wawing Turkish national flags and shout slogans on August 7, 2016 in Istanbul during a rally against failed military coup on July 15NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday hailed the Turkish people’s courage in defeating the July 15 putsch, which he called an “attack on democracy”, saying a strong Turkey was “essential” for European and regional security. “Any attack on democracy, in any of our countries, is an attack on the very foundation of our alliance,” he said in a statement after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara. “A strong and democratic Turkey is essential for the stability and security of Europe and the region,” he said.

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