Turkey summons USA diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

Turkey summons USA diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

Turkey claims both the YPG and the PYD are a branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is proscribed as a "terror" organisation by Ankara, Washington and Brussels.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, is seen by the United States as the most effective ground partner for the US-led coalition fighting ISIL in Syria.

In a rare experience U.S. 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.

But in November, Turkish officials said US President Donald Trump told them in a phone call that Washington would no longer supply arms to the YPG. Ankara consider them as a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

It will be remembered that most of the opposition forces have been relocated to Idlib after being forced to withdraw from other parts of the country. "Iran and Russian Federation", warned Cavusoglu, "need to carry out their responsibilities".

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It conveyed "uneasiness" to the Russian ambassador Tuesday, calling the strikes a "violation of the borders of the Idlib de-escalation zone" established by Turkey, Iran and Russia, according sources at the foreign ministry.

Syrian regime's forces have increased military operations recently to impose control over Idlib and the Eastern Ghouta, the last two rebel bastions in Syria.

"If you are guarantors [of de-escalation] which you are, stop the regime", said the Turkish foreign minister in an interview with Anadolu news agency aired by the Turkish TV channels.

Cavusoglu emphasised that in efforts to bring peace to Syria, Russia and Iran were the "guarantors" of the regime side and Turkey of the opposition.

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