Er­doğan says France is abet­ting ter­ror­ists

Cyprus Today - - TURKEY -

TURK­ISH Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan last Satur­day ac­cused France of abet­ting ter­ror­ists by “host­ing them” at the Elysée Palace, amid a diplo­matic row between the Nato al­lies over Paris’s sup­port for the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF).

Re­la­tions between Ankara and Paris have been tense in re­cent weeks, with France one of the most vo­cal crit­ics of Turkey’s two-month-old mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion in north­ern Syria against the Kur­dish YPG, which Ankara con­sid­ers a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

That came to a head on March 30 af­ter Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron met a Syr­ian del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing the YPG and its po­lit­i­cal arm, the PYD, and gave as­sur­ances of French sup­port to help sta­bilise north­ern Syria against Is­lamic State.

Turkey said the pledge amounted to sup­port for ter­ror­ism and could make France a “tar­get of Turkey”.

“France, you are abet­ting ter­ror­ism, sup­port­ing it by then host­ing them at the Elysée Palace,” Mr Er­doğan told his sup­port­ers in the south-western prov­ince of Deni­zli.

“You will not be able to ex­plain this. You will not be able to rid your­self of this ter­ror bur­den. As long as the West nur­tures these ter­ror­ists, you will sink,” he said.

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