ERDOGAN: US ARMING OF SDF IS CONTRARY TO RELATIONS, STRATEGIC AGREEMENT

Ankara – President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the US decision of arming the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), considered by Turkey as an affiliate of the PKK, is contradictory to the relations and strategic agreement between Turkey and the US.

Speaking to journalists ahead of visits to China, Erdogan signaled that his country will continue to fight all terrorist organizations in and outside Turkey.

Erdogan said that he would hold an important meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump to discuss the issue of combating the SDF, which is classified by Turkey as a terrorist group. The threats in northern Syria are not directed against the United States or Russia, but against Turkey and the Syrians, Erdogan said.

On the extradition of Fetullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of planning the failed coup of July 2016, Erdogan said that he would discuss the matter with the US President, adding that Turkey will present documents and information about the Gulen movement and its leader. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency