Turkey summons USA charges d'affaires

Violet Powell
January 13, 2018

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday the USA charge d'affaires to voice its disappointment over Washington's arming and training of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, sources from the ministry said.

Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top U.S. diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington's support of a Kurdish militia in Syria, sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a long-standing disagreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Ankara has also summoned ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran for expressing displeasure on Damascus attacks in Idlib.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that Turkey's fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup attempt, is crucial for the revival of trust in its judiciary.

The sources did not give any further detail.

Ankara accuses US -based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the putsch and has repeatedly asked Washington for his extradition. Turkey also sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and believes it is waging an insurgency against the Turkish state.

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Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has announced its displeasure with the United States about the issue.

Elaborating on Ankara's concerns on the recent offensive in Idlib, Turkey is concerned on three negative outcomes, a Turkish official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. This is also the reason for Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities".

Ambassadors of the two countries were called in to express Ankara's displeasure over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

On Thursday, rebels launched a counter attack against government forces and their allies in Idlib province. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said.

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