‘Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年03月13日

‘Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM

RT2018/3/18
‘Breaking point in relations with US’ – Turkish FM
Turkey is “at breaking point in relations with the US,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. The two major NATO partners have recently been at loggerheads over various issues.

“People in Turkey have a very negative attitude towards the US because it doesn’t keep its word [and] constantly lies,” Cavusoglu stated addressing the students at Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Tuesday.

The relations between our countries are “at breaking point,” he said, reminding that back in February both states had established working groups to normalize bilateral ties.

Cavusoglu was apparently referring to teams set up earlier over the escalation in Manbij, where Turkey is currently conducting a military operation against the US-backed Kurds.

Cavusoglu has repeatedly stated that strained relations between the allies are heading towards a critical juncture. The two sides “will either fix these relations or they will break [down] completely,” he said back in February. Ankara felt provoked by US military support for the Kurdish forces in Syria, including the YPG. Turkey considers the YPG an arm of the PKK movement, dubbed a terrorist organization by Ankara. Washington, however, promised to cease armed support for the Kurds earlier this year.


Northern Syria: US Agrees with Withdrawal of Kurds from Manbij
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has voiced consent over a gradual retreat of the Kurdish fighters from the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo after increasing pressures by Ankara and as the Turkish army declared plans to expand its mission against the Kurds in the region, a Turkish paper reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish-language Hürriyet Daily News quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the US has agreed on the gradual withdrawal of the Kurdish gunmen from Manbij in two days of talks between delegations from Washington and Ankara on March 8-9.

It further said that a final agreement over the plan could be reached during a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington scheduled for March 19.

Other Turkish sources said that the US tried to discuss a halt in Operation Olive Branch by the Turkish forces in Northern Syria during the talks with Ankara officials as a precondition for the Kurdish retreat from Manbij.

No independent source has yet confirmed the revelation.

Local sources reported on Saturday that people in the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo took to the streets and protested against the Kurdish fighters' rule over civilians.

The sources said that a large number of people gathered in a main square in the town of Manbij and protested against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), calling for the deployment of the government forces in their region.

The sources said that forced recruitment and several cases of arrests were the main causes behind the uprising against the Kurds.

The Arabic-language website of Russia's Sputnik news agency quoted a security source as saying last month that Damascus and the Kurds agreed on the deployment of army troops in Manbij that is now under the control of the SDF.

It added that the Syrian soldiers would enter the town in coming days.

Manbij is said to be the next phase of the Turkish army operation against the Kurds in Northern Syria.
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