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World Turkey's president wishes to improve testy relations with US

09:45  21 february  2021
09:45  21 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

Turkey accuses U.S. of supporting Kurdish militants after 13 Turkish hostages are killed

  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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party's supporters in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Erdogan laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants on Monday, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians abducted by Kurdish insurgents in a cave complex in northern Iraq.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party's supporters in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Erdogan laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants on Monday, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians abducted by Kurdish insurgents in a cave complex in northern Iraq.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

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

  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.

Turkish soldiers carry the national flag-draped coffin of Turkish soldier Er Sedat Sorgun, one of thirteen soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents and found killed in northern Iraq, during the funeral in the city of Erzurum, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killings.  (IHA via AP): Turkey Iraq Kurds © Provided by Associated Press Turkey Iraq Kurds

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.

Imams hold prayers in front of the national flag-draped coffin of Turkish soldier Adil Kabakli, one of thirteen Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents and found killed in northern Iraq, during the funeral for both Kabakli and fellow soldier Muslum Altintas in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killings.  (IHA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Imams hold prayers in front of the national flag-draped coffin of Turkish soldier Adil Kabakli, one of thirteen Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents and found killed in northern Iraq, during the funeral for both Kabakli and fellow soldier Muslum Altintas in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killings. (IHA via AP)

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”

 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.

An imam leads the prosession as Turkish soldiers carry the national flag-draped coffin of Salih Kanca, a Turkish civilian, one of thirteen Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents and found killed in northern Iraq, at the airport in the city of Samsun, Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2021. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killing of the 13 Turks. (IHA via AP) © Provided by Associated Press An imam leads the prosession as Turkish soldiers carry the national flag-draped coffin of Salih Kanca, a Turkish civilian, one of thirteen Turkish soldiers, police and civilians who had been abducted by Kurdish insurgents and found killed in northern Iraq, at the airport in the city of Samsun, Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2021. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to expand cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, following the killing of the 13 Turks. (IHA via AP)

“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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