Turkey wants Kurdish isolation – calls on US to break ties

SHAFAQNA – Turkey on Friday says America should severe ties with Kurdish fighters.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “resorting to terrorist groups like the YPG is above all a sign of weakness”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is on an official visit to Georgia.

He alleged that the United States has been making conflicting statements about the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters which, Ankara says, were working with members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

He said resorting to terrorist groups like the YPG in the fight against ISIS in Syria is above all a sign of weakness.

Cavusoglu said, “Everyone must stop this mistake. In particular our ally the United States must stop this mistake immediately.”

Cavusoglu’s remarks were carried live on Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused the Syrian government of being directly responsible for the bombing in Ankara, saying Turkey will continue to shell Kurdish positions inside the Arab country.

In a live television speech, Davutoglu said the Ankara bombing showed that the YPG was a terrorist organization and that Turkey expected cooperation from its allies against the group.

The leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party denied the accusation, saying Ankara was making the allegation in order to escalate the conflict in Syria.

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