Turkish PM slams Clinton over remarks on arming PKK/PYD

US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she would support Kurds in fight against ISIL

Turkish PM slams Clinton over remarks on arming PKK/PYD

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday criticized U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over remarks in which she seemed to voice support for the PKK/PYD extremist group in Syria.

In a recent presidential debate, Clinton said she would consider arming Kurdish fighters -- widely seen as a reference to the armed wing of the PYD, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, listed as a extremist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU. The PKK has fought a three-decade war against Turkey in which more than 40,000 people have died.

"I would also consider arming the Kurds," the Democratic candidate said late Sunday. "The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria, as well as Iraq. And I know there’s a lot of concern about that in some circles but I think they should have the equipment they need so that Kurdish and Arab fighters on the ground are the principal way that we take Raqqah after pushing ISIS out of Iraq."

Speaking at a Justice and Development (AK) Party meeting in Ankara, Yildirim said: "Clinton said she would support extremist organizations in the region if elected. What does this mean? Is not America our ally? Is it not our ally in the region?" 

Yildirim said Clinton was suggesting enlisting the help of one extremist group to fight another.

"How moral is it to fight a extremist organization through another?" he asked.

The prime minister also said Clinton's remarks justified Turkey's concerns over arming the PKK/PYD in Syria.

Turkey has repeatedly said that arming the PKK/PYD is a source of concern as the group poses a threat to Turkey.   


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ekim 2016, 16:22