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Turkey accuses U.S. of supporting Kurdish militants after 13 Turkish hostages are killed
The latest tensions occur as Biden strikes a different tone from Trump, who had a warm personal relationship with the Turkish leader. The latest outburst came a day after Ankara said that 13 Turkish hostages being held in northern Iraq by the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, had been found executed by their captors. The State Department issued a statement condemning the killings but suggesting the PKK’s involvement had yet to be confirmed.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president says mutual interests with the United States outweigh their differences and has called for more cooperation with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration.
In a video message late Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged that Turkish-American relations were “seriously tested” but stressed that their strategic partnership has “overcome all kinds of difficulties.”
Erdogan Fumes Over U.S. Reaction to Reported Massacre of Turks
Turkey accused the U.S. of questioning its account of a massacre of Turkish citizens by Kurdish militants, as it presses Washington to cut off support for a related armed group in Syria. On Sunday, Turkey reported that separatist militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, executed 13 Turkish hostages held in a cave in northern Iraq. The U.S. State Department tweeted in response that “if reports of the death of Turkish civilians at the hands of the PKK, a designated terrorist organization, are confirmed, we condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.
Erdogan’s conciliatory tone follows his strongly worded accusations that the U.S. supported Kurdish militants, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish hostages held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK in a cave complex in northern Iraq.
Ankara has been infuriated by American support for a Syrian Kurdish fighters in combatting the Islamic State group, saying they are linked to the decades-long Kurdish insurgency in southeastern Turkey that the U.S. also lists as terrorists.
Erdogan said Saturday the U.S. did not give Turkey the “desired support and solidarity” in fighting the PKK and linked groups, demanding a “clear stance” from Turkey’s allies.
Erdogan accuses the United States of supporting Kurdish “terrorists”
© Provided by Le Point R ecep Tayyip Erdogan tackles Washington. This Monday, February 15, the Turkish president revived one of the main points of contention between Turkey and the United States by accusing them of supporting Kurdish "terrorists", after "the execution", according to Ankara, of 13 Turks in Iraq in the hands of the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
He also repeated the frustration over the continued U.S. residency of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating the bloody 2016 coup attempt. Turkey wants Gulen’s extradition. He denies the allegations of links to the attempted coup.
“We believe our common interests with America far outweigh our differing opinions,” Erdogan said, adding that he wanted to strengthen relations through a “long-term perspective based on win-win.”
Erdogan’s video message was aired during the launch of a Turkish television channel in the U.S.
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