US policy change on PKK, FETO would improve relations

'US should extradite Gülen, immediately stop supporting PKK/PYD and conduct a perception management for the harms of the July 15 coup bid,' Turkey's PM Yıldırım says

US policy change on PKK, FETO would improve relations

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said that Turkey is hopeful for the improvement of bilateral relations of Ankara and Washington, adding Turkey has three prerequisites to strengthen ties.

“The U.S. should extradite the leader of the Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO), Fetullah Gulen, immediately stop supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party affiliated Democratic Union Party (PKK/PYD) and conduct a perception management for the harms of the July 15 coup bid that targeted the democratically-elected government of Turkey," said PM Yıldırım, on Thursday during his interview with the representatives of numerous Turkish newspapers.

PM Yıldırım expressed his expectations from the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump, adding that he is hopeful about his possible policy in the Middle East.

“I believe the U.S. policy in Syria and Iraq will change radically and believe that Washington and Turkey will cooperate more for the security of the region," he said.

“The signs of the possible change in U.S. policy is the intention of the U.S. to support the initiative of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Syria," he added.

The Middle East policy is important for Turkey which says its territorial integrity and security is linked to the security of the region.

Due to the importance of the matter, Turkey is backing Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition fighters in Syria against all extremist elements, particularly ISIL, but Ankara expects the U.S. to support Turkey against the extremist groups in Syria and start treating PKK/PYD as a terror organization and stop using PKK/PYD against ISIL.

The U.S and Turkey could contribute to the Middle East more, as the U.S. was also invited to Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana, which was declared after the ceasefire across Syria was brokered by Russia and Turkey that concluded with the evacuation of trapped civilians and fighters in the war-torn country.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2017, 13:12