Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Erdogan: No one dares to establish new state in north Syria

Erdogan: No one dares to establish new state in north Syria

According to diplomatic sources, at the meeting the Turkish side expressed its concern over the U.S. support for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

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. The reports say that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation were trying to regain control of areas controlled by Daesh and other rebel groups.

"It is very wrong for the Assad regime to launch an offensive, without differentiating civilians, in order to gain land. while the initiative by Turkey, Russia and Iran on a lasting peace in Syria has made progress", Yildirim said. "They should realize their duties as guarantor countries", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

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Russian Federation and Iran have backed Syrian regime while Turkey has supported its foes, but, despite the differences, they struck a deal in 2017 to set up de-escalation zones in Syria, helping reduce fighting.

Turkey-US relations strained over the latter's support for the PKK/PYD terror group's presence and arming of the group in the region.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had warned Russian Federation and Iran to adhere to their joint accord signed with Turkey previous year for announcing "de-escalation zone" in Syrian town Idlib.

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Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned a senior USA diplomat to express Ankara's "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported.

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.

Elaborating on Ankara's concerns on the recent offensive in Idlib, Turkey is concerned on three negative outcomes, a Turkish official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

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