Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey 'Summons Top US Diplomat' Over Syria Kurd Forces

Turkey 'Summons Top US Diplomat' Over Syria Kurd Forces

Cavusoglu repeated Turkey's red line over its presence in Sochi by saying that: "We have said we will not be in any environment... where the YPG is present".

While the USA views the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against Islamic State (IS) extremists, Ankara calls it a "terrorist" organisation linked to outlawed Kurdish militants in Turkey. "Iran and Russian Federation", warned Cavusoglu, "need to carry out their responsibilities".

Earlier Ankara has summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors over the ceasefire violation in Idlib by the Syrian government forces.

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Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are supposed to be the guarantors of last year's accord but Moscow and Tehran appear bent on reneging on their role to de-escalate fighting in the area, home to almost 2 million Syrians, to serve their own agenda.

Rebels launched a counter-attack on Thursday.

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Furthermore, the offensive could lead to collapse of Astana process and eventually the hardly established cease-fire in de-escalation zones.

The ministry has written to the chiefs of the Turkish army and intelligence service to insist that the terms of a cease-fire are upheld, the newspaper said.

More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and European Union - resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015. Secondly, that is also an attempt to destroy our relations with partners, Turkey and Iran.

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Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett in Ankara over recent developments in Syria, Anadolu Agency reported citing a diplomatic source.

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