Iran abstains from calling PYD terror group

While Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned recent Ankara attack, he did not call PYD a terror group

Iran abstains from calling PYD terror group

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jabari Ansari has abstained from calling the Syrian group PYD a terrorist organization during a press conference in Tehran.

The PYD and its armed wing the YPG are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, which has accused the group of siding with Bashar al-Assad regime as well as being behind Wednesday's car bomb attack in Ankara that killed 28 and wounded 61 people.

At a press conference in Iranian capital Tehran on Monday, Anadolu Agency’s reporter asked the question: "Does Iran formally accept YPG as a terrorist organization?".

However, instead of giving an answer to the PYD question, the spokesman said: "Iran condemned this and such terrorist actions harshly right after the terrorist action in Ankara".

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday that the attack was carried out jointly by a Syrian-national YPG member and PKK members based in Turkey.

The YPG is the armed wing of the PYD, which is the Syrian branch of the terrorist PKK group.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Şubat 2016, 09:30