Erdogan demands US to choose between Turkey or Syrian Kurds

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-02-07 13:45:00

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the US a week after a President Barack Obama’s envoy visited the Syrian town of Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists, AP reported.

The Turkish President asked Washington on Sunday to choose between Turkey and the "terrorists" there, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Naharnet reported.

A delegation including senior U.S. diplomat Brett McGurk, special envoy to an international coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, last week met members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a powerful militia that is in control of Kobane.

USNews reported Erdogan saying that "he visits Kobane at the time of the Geneva talks and is awarded a plaque by a so-called YPG general?"

"How can we trust ?" he continued.

"Is it me who is your partner or the terrorists in Kobane?" he said, as Ankara considers the PYD and YPG to be affiliates of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).