US arming of terrorists a 'point of discord'

Turkish foreign minister writes article for Foreign Policy magazine on relations with US, regional issues, Afrin operation

US arming of terrorists a 'point of discord'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. policy of arming the PKK and YPG terrorists in Syria is a "point of discord" between Ankara and Washington, the Turkish foreign minister has said.

“A point of discord with with the United States is its policy of arming the PKK and YPG to act as foot soldiers, even as they have a history of terrorism,” Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote in an article -- titled The Meaning of Operation Olive Branch -- for the American news magazine Foreign Policy published on April 5.

Cavusoglu said the arming of the terrorists is a “legally and morally questionable policy that was prepared by the Obama administration in its waning days and somehow crept into the Trump administration”.

Cavusoglu said the U.S. has “played into the hands of all its critics and opponents by deciding to form an alliance with terrorists despite its own values and its 66-year-old alliance with one of their primary targets, Turkey.”

He said that he is pleased to see that many NATO allies did not follow the U.S. policy.

“I hope that my designated counterpart, incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton would see it a priority to correct the course,“ he said.

The foreign minister said that the “gloomy portrait of the Middle East should not obscure that peace is achievable”.

“The basic premise for any such peace must be to preserve the territorial integrity of states. This means countering all forces that exist only to pursue their dystopias at the expense of others and with the help of outsiders, including Daesh (also known as the Islamic State) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists,” he said.

About Daesh, Cavusoglu said that the terrorist organization has largely been defeated militarily.

“That’s not only because groups trained and armed by the United States dealt it a final blow. They were defeated due to the dedicated work of the Iraqi Army and a global coalition operating from Turkey,“ he said.

Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2018, 15:45
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