Turkey to chase up all terror groups: President Erdogan

Ankara will continue chasing all terror groups used as tools to hold the country captive, Turkey's president said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a campaign rally in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has been "struggling" in its region "for a thousand years."

He added that Turkey would continue its fight against terrorism whether it be against the "separatist PKK, abusive FETO, or project-product Daesh."

"We will continue chasing them up [Mt.] Cudi, Gabar, Tendurek and even Qandil as we have until now," Erdogan said.

Referring to terror attacks targeting the country, he stressed that they have been trying to halt [Turkey's] development by blocking its progress.

"Visionless politicians and unqualified bureaucrats" had also been utilized Erdogan told the crowd, adding that its economy was also weaponized against Turkey as demographic cleavages have also been aggravated.

Later speaking in Corum province, Erdogan said after his visit to Venezuela, President Nicholas Maduro's aide had praised the success of the town's people during a visit.

"I hope we will bring Corum to a very different point in the gold trade," Erdogan said.

-Cannabis cultivation

Erdogan vowed to promote cannabis production in 20 provinces including Corum.

"We will increase the cultivation and production of cannabis and prioritize establishing its industry as well," he said.

Erdogan had recently announced that 19 other Turkish cities had been authorized for cannabis cultivation.

Since the 1990s, cannabis production has been limited in Turkey in order to prevent the production of marijuana.

Cannabis is used as a raw material in the automotive, wood, construction, textile, cosmetics, biodiesel, food and paper industries.

Source: Anadolu Agency