Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday addressed his phone call with Trump that took place last week and stated that the U.S. and Turkey were on the “same wavelength,” adding that their communication will continue in the coming days.
He said that they had discussed many issues in detail, from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) in addition to bilateral cooperation in the defense industry.
Trump “clearly stated that weapons will not be given to the YPG anymore and said that essentially this nonsense should have been ended before," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military People’s Protection Units (YPG) wing are Syrian branches of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.
Turkey has repeatedly objected to U.S. arms being sent to the PYD, due to its links to the terrorist organization the PKK.
00:00 dk 21 Kasım 2017 Yeni Şafak Erdoğan slams US arming of PKK/PYD
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan questioned why the U.S. continues to send truckloads of arms to Syria even though Daesh has been cleared from the area. “It's for another purpose. We know what's what, and will take steps accordingly,“ said Erdoğan. In recent months, the U.S. has stepped up its support for PKK terrorists in Syria under the pretext of fighting Daesh by sending hundreds of weapons across the border from Iraq. Turkey has repeatedly objected to U.S. arms being sent to the PYD, due to its links to the terrorist organization the PKK.
Syria summit in Sochi
Erdoğan highlighted the importance of the mutual understanding between Turkey, Iran and Russia during the Sochi summit.
The Turkish president, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani met in the Russian Black Sea resort for a summit and gave messages highlighting the need for a political solution in Syria while supporting its territorial integrity.
“Critical decisions were taken by Turkey, Russia and Iran regarding the future of Syria at the trilateral summit held in Sochi, and efforts will continued to be made for the settlement of peace in the country. It is very important that the three countries agreed to apply the Astana talks in practice,” Erdoğan said.
'US needs Turkey's backing for presence in Syria'
The deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said on Monday that the U.S. will need Turkey’s backing for staying in Syria after Daesh is defeated in the region.Speaking to journalists in the parliament, Ozturk Yilmaz called on the U.S. to cooperate with Turkey ahead of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva.“The U.S. will need Turkey and Turkey’s backing for staying in Syria after Daesh,” said Yilmaz.He added that this could lead to diffusing of tensions between the two countries.US must collect weapons distributed to PKK/YPG: Deputy PMThirty-six members of Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee will attend the peace talks in Geneva this week.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to discuss Syria, last week.During the meeting, the three leaders agreed to gather a congress of Syrian groups to advance a political solution for the war-torn nation.Ozturk Yilmaz recalled that Iran, the Bashar al-Assad regime and Hezbollah did not want the presence of the U.S. in Syria's future.Russian air strikes kill over 50 civilians in eastern SyriaHe added that only PKK/PYD/YPG terrorist group wants U.S. presence in Syria "which will not be at the solution table" in Geneva."For this reason, the U.S. needs a powerful regional partner, which is Turkey," said Yilmaz.Yilmaz also urged Turkey and the U.S. to take a joint step for the territorial integrity of Syria.The PYD and its military wing YPG are Syrian branches of the PKK terrorist network, which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.While recognizing the PKK as a terrorist group, the U.S. has treated the PKK/PYD as an ally in its anti-Daesh efforts.Syrian child escapes death after playing with bombSyria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting and more than 10 million displaced, according to claims by the UN.
Erdoğan calls on Muslim world to unite against Daesh
Regarding the ongoing violence in Syria, Erdoğan said that the damage caused by the Daesh terrorist organization and the regime cost one million Muslims their lives in Syria.
“I am calling on the Muslim world to fight against this group of murderers who are on the Daesh front. We should also carry out joint efforts against PKK/PYD/YPG murderers,” he noted.
Pentagon’s YPG support to be discussed at Turkey’s NSC meeting
Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Tuesday that Turkey’s National Security Council (NSC) will discuss the Pentagon’s statement regarding the continuing U.S. support of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).The NSC will meet on Tuesday to conduct its final extraordinary meeting for 2017. It will be held at the Presidential Palace Complex in the capital, and will be headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.“The NSC meeting will evaluate the Pentagon’s YPG announcement, Turkey’s fight against terror, and the terror threat in north Iraq and developments in Iraq following measures against Barzani’s referendum. The final phase of the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), ongoing work and strategic operations being carried out to bring terrorist elements from abroad to Turkey are also among the topics to be discussed. The meeting will also focus on efforts to identify and meet the security forces' needs,” said Kalın.Pentagon says will continue arming PKK/YPGThe YPG is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD), and dominates the SDF. While recognizing the PKK as a terrorist group, the U.S. has treated the PKK/PYD/YPG as an ally using Daesh as a pretext, despite its PKK ties as documented by Turkey.In a Friday phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump “clearly stated that weapons will not be given to the YPG anymore and said that essentially this nonsense should have been ended before," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday.However, on Monday a Pentagon spokesman stated that arms support would continue.Turkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG“Weapons provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which include Kurdish elements of the SDF, would be limited, mission specific, and provided incrementally to achieve our objectives,” Col. Manning said.The NSC, under the chairmanship of the president, is composed of the prime minister, the commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, deputy prime ministers, the ministers of Justice, national defense, the interior and foreign affairs, the commanders of the Land, Naval and Air Forces and the general commander of the Gendarmerie.
US sets up pro-PKK TV station
The U.S. has set up a television channel to spread false propaganda in support of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) with a budget of $2.5 million. After founding two similar channels to deepen divisions in Iraq, the U.S. has launched its first such channel in Syria, called al-Yawm TV, meaning “Today” in Arabic to set up a foundation for a PKK terror state.Grave accusations against TurkeyAl-Yawm channel, which started its broadcast on Nov. 15, accused Turkey, in one of its first stories, of harboring expansionist policies in Syria. The channel, which legitimizes U.S. occupation and spreads pro-PKK propaganda, has branded Turkey’s Euphrates Shield operation in Syria as an “occupation.” Al-Yawm TV also aims to portray the region’s U.S. occupation in a positive light to the masses, following increased American support to PKK/PYD terrorists and the assignment of Brett Mcgurk as U.S. envoy in the region.The Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military People’s Protection Units (YPG) wing are Syrian branches of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which has waged war against Turkey for more than 30 years.Turkey has repeatedly objected to U.S. arms being sent to the PYD, due to its links to the terrorist organization the PKK.Set up with a budget of $2.5 millionBased in Michigan, the channel broadcasts from the city of Qamishli, in Hasakah province, and employs a total of 40 personnel. U.S. envoy Brett Mcgurk is also said to be on the channel’s board of directors. With a budget of $2.5 million and a heavy news-based content, al-Yawm TV broadcasts in Arabic and boasts a state-of-the-art technical infrastructure and studio design. The channel aims to sell the idea of U.S.-PKK occupation of Raqqa and large swaths of Deir Ezzor to Arab audiences.Terrorists portrayed as heroes Over a period of 10 days, al-Yawm channel has broadcasted programs and news reports in support of U.S. presence in Syria. The channel portrays PKK terrorists as heroes who are fighting courageously against Daesh.Pentagon says will continue arming PKK/YPGTurkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG
Pentagon says will continue arming PKK/YPG
Despite a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a phone call on Friday to stop providing weapons to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning told reporters on Monday that Washington would continue to support and arm the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).The YPG is the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD), and dominates the SDF.Col. Manning said that the U.S. Defense Department was “reviewing pending adjustments to the military support provided” to the PKK/YPG.The pentagon spokesman stated that the measure of halting military support to the group was not implemented.US must collect weapons distributed to PKK/YPG: Deputy PM“Weapons provided to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which include Kurdish elements of the SDF, would be limited, mission specific, and provided incrementally to achieve our objectives,” Col. Manning said.In a Friday phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump “clearly stated that weapons will not be given to the YPG anymore and said that essentially this nonsense should have been ended before," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday.While recognizing the PKK as a terrorist group, the U.S. has treated the PKK/PYD/YPG as an ally using Daesh as a pretext, despite its PKK ties as documented by Turkey.Since the PKK launched its terror campaign in Turkey in 1984, tens of thousands of people have been killed.Turkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG'US needs Turkey's backing for presence in Syria'
Turkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG
U.S. President Donald Trump recently told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in clear terms that it was "wrong" to supply weapons to the PKK/YPG, the Turkish prime minister has confirmed.Binali Yıldırım's comments came during an interview with BBC World."Mr. Trump understood what is important for Turkey," Yıldırım said, in reference to Trump's pledge to Erdoğan in a Friday phone call on ending the supply of arms to the terrorist PKK/PYD and PKK/YPG in Syria."They [the U.S.] said this [cooperation with YPG or PYD] is not a choice. This is a necessity… Ok. We understand, although we do not accept. It is a temporary relation. Now, it is time to finish because Daesh is already defeated," the premier said."So, President Trump said it is wrong to provide weapons. This is clearly mentioned."Stating that Turkish policy on fighting against Daesh had been quite "clear" since the beginning, Yıldırım said it was important to "choose the right partner" to fight Daesh."You are not able to fight a terror organization using another terror organization," he added.The U.S. later said it is "reviewing pending adjustments to the military support provided to our Kurdish partners in as much as the military requirements of our defeat-ISIS and stabilization efforts will allow to prevent ISIS from returning," referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, another name for Daesh."We have always been clear with Turkey that the weapons provided to the SDF, to include its Kurdish elements, would be limited, mission-specific and provided incrementally to achieve military objectives," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Anadolu Agency. He said the U.S. would "continue our partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces to complete the military defeat of ISIS".Pentagon says will continue arming PKK/YPGAt the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said even though a complete defeat of Daesh is in sight, "that doesn’t mean stopping all support of those individual groups"."Once we started winning the campaign against ISIS, the plan and part of the process is to always wind down support for certain groups," she said. "Now that we're continuing to crush the physical caliphate, we're in a position to stop providing military equipment to certain groups."No doubt about Gulen's links to coup bidIn response to a question whether Turkey had submitted evidence to Washington showing Fetullah Gülen, the U.S-based leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), had links to last year's defeated coup attempt, Yıldırım said the necessary documents had been submitted."For us, it is obvious. We have no hesitation. We have no doubt about it," he said, referring to Gulen's role in the defeated coup bid.FETÖ and Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which martyred 250 people and injured nearly 2,200 others.FETÖ is also behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.Yıldırım also answered a question on accusations about the detentions since the defeated coup attempt."This kind of accusation is there. I accept. But those who are accusing us should think about what happened on July 15," he said."Our parliament building [was] bombed. And their bombs killed 250 innocent people and [left] 2,194 heavily injured. What can we do then? We have to find [those] who committed crime. This is the situation in Turkey," Yıldırım said."We don’t detain people without evidence. This is for sure," he said, adding the rule of law prevailed in Turkey.The Turkish premier called on Turkey's critics to show "empathy" instead."Did you face this kind of thing? If you face this kind of thing, then we will see what you are going to do," he said.Yıldırım also dismissed accusations that Erdoğan had been becoming an "authoritarian" leader."Erdoğan is not deciding who is going to jail or who is going to [be] freed. The court is deciding," he said, adding there was freedom of the press in Turkey."We have a free press," he said. "Even the pro-PKK paper is published."Video: Turkish PM meets with British foreign secretary