Source: News Bharati English12 Oct 2016 14:22:15
Ankara, October 12: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her pro terrorism statement during Presidential debate with Donald Trump on Tuesday. Referring to Clinton’s remarks the Minister claimed that US could become a terror supporting nation soon.
Clinton during the debate said, “I would consider arming the Kurds. The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria, as well as Iraq. And I know there's a lot of concern about that in some circles, but they should have the equipment they need so that Kurdish and Arab fighters on the ground are the principal way we take Raqqa after pushing ISIS out of Iraq."
Her statement about arming Kurdish fighters clearly indicates her willingness to grant a helping hand to the terrorist organizations. She also mentioned that the Kurds-US is best partners in Syria. Her remarks were seen by Turkey as a reference to the armed wing of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), the Syrian offshoot of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), listed as terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Clinton was also criticized by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim over her speech. It was also claimed that Clinton was suggesting enlisting the help of one terrorist group to fight another. Statements like such portray US as a nation that would support terrorism, which is considered as major concern these days.
Tensions between the Turkish government and the Kurds begin in July 2015 after a ceasefire collapse due to a series of terrorist attacks, allegedly committed by the PKK members. Ankara considers the PYD to be in alliance with PKK, which is outlawed in Turkey, but the PKK denies having any such ties to the PYD.