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Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG

13 January 2018

The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the United States, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Turkey is not happy that the USA has continued to support and arm Syrian Kurdish fighters, and their foreign ministry has summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country to voice its "discomfort" over the situation. "They made up excuses from thin air", Erdogan told local administrators at a conference in his presidential palace in Ankara.

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

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 10, 2018.

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Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned Russian Federation and Iran to adhere to their joint accord signed with Turkey previous year for announcing "de-escalation zone" in Syrian town Idlib. The Russian newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, an official body of the Russian Ministry of Defence, reported that the drones had taken off from the Muazarra region of Idlib that is controlled by Turkey and where Syrian opposition forces are based.

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Syrian state media, citing a foreign ministry source, said on Thursday that regime forces were fighting to "liberate from the terrorism of the Nusra Front and the other terrorist organisations that belong to it".

Turkey Summons US Charge d'Affaires over Washington Support to YPG