Turkey’s new Defence Minister Yasar Guler has vowed to protect the ‘Blue Homeland’ in the Aegean Sea, Ekathimerini has reported.
The ‘Blue Homeland’ is a revisionist doctrine expressing Turkey’s expansionist ambitions in the Aegean.
Guler is taking over the defence ministry from Hulusi Akar after the re-election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 28.
During a handover ceremony on Monday, he referred to the doctrine.
“I will ensure peace and security in our country’s territory, as well as in the Blue Homeland and in the homeland of our skies,” Guler said.
“We will work tirelessly to defend the rights and interests of our country, as they stem from international law.”
The chief of general staff of the Turkish armed forces, Guler headed Turkey’s military incursions into Syria in 2019 and 2020, and oversaw subsequent military operations there and in Iraq.