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Turkey summons top United States envoy over Syrian Kurds

Turkey summons top United States envoy over Syrian Kurds

In a rare experience USA diplomats go through in any host country, their Charge d;Affairs was summoned by Turkish foreign ministry in Ankara to express "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters on Wednesday.

Turkey has been deploying forces inside northern Idlib and setting up bases there after agreeing with Iran and Russian Federation to establish a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib and nearby areas.

The sources did not give any further detail. Turkey also sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and believes it is waging an insurgency against the Turkish state.

"We need to maintain dialogue", Cavusoglu said, adding that Erdogan has repeatedly held telephone conversations with Merkel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Wednesday's move was not the first time Turkey has expressed displeasure with the United States about the issue.

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Safadi also briefed his Turkish counterpart on the outcome of the Arab ministerial meeting that was hosted by Jordan last Saturday in implementation of the decision taken by the Arab League Council during its emergency meeting last month.

Turkey, which opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but has been working with his allies Iran and Russian Federation to reduce the fighting in Idlib, says the latest army assault could not have taken place without Tehran and Moscow's support.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib. Daesh (IS) terrorists were moved from different parts of the country to Idlib under certain understandings.

Syrian government's ongoing offensive in Idlib province will be a test for the alliance of Russia, Iran and Turkey, three regional powers that support different actors on the battlefield. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels.


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