US seeks to defuse diplomatic spat with Turkey


Turkey had earlier summoned US ambassador to Ankara, infuriated by conditionality of a US assertion on the deaths of 13 Turks.

The United States has tried to de-escalate a diplomatic dispute with NATO ally Turkey, which had earlier summoned the US ambassador a couple of assertion on the killing of 13 kidnapped Turks in Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had lashed out on the State Department’s preliminary hesitance responsible the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the deaths, calling the preliminary US assertion “a farce”.

Turkey stated on Sunday fighters from the outlawed PKK executed the 13 captives, together with Turkish navy and police personnel. The PKK blamed Turkish air raids for the 13 deaths.

The US initially stated it condemned the killings if it was confirmed that duty lay with the PKK.

Ankara, already angered by Washington’s partnership with Kurdish fighters in neighbouring Syria, was infuriated by the conditionality of the US assertion and summoned the US ambassador to Ankara to convey “in the strongest terms” its response.

Later on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a telephone name together with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed condolences and stated Washington believed the PKK was answerable for the deaths.

“The Secretary expressed condolences for the deaths of Turkish hostages in northern Iraq and affirmed our view that PKK terrorists bear responsibility,” State Department spokesman Ned Price stated in an announcement.

AP 20349643510440Erdogan had lashed out on the State Department’s preliminary hesitance responsible the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the deaths [Turkish Presidency via AP Photo]

Turkey this month launched a navy operation towards PKK bases in northern Iraq that Erdogan stated on Monday was designed partly to free the 13 hostages.

At least 48 members of the Kurdish armed group had been additionally killed through the operation, in keeping with Turkey’s defence minister.

The PKK, dubbed a “terrorist” group by the US and Turkey’s different Western allies, has been waging an armed revolt towards the Turkish state since 1984 that’s believed to have left tens of hundreds useless.

Ankara angered by US help to YPG

Turkey has been angered by the US help to Kurdish rebels in Syria referred to as People’s Protection Units or YPG, which Ankara has stated is an offshoot of the PKK.

Following the US’s preliminary assertion on Sunday, Erdogan earlier on Monday demanded that his NATO allies want to select sides.

“After this, there are two options. Either act with Turkey with no ifs or buts, without questioning, or they will be a partner to every murder and bloodshed,” he stated.

“The terrorist organisation on our doorstep, on our borders, is killing innocents.”

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, stated the explanation Erdogan is looking the West to select a facet is as a result of Turkey believes the PKK is utilizing weapons, offered by the worldwide coalition, on Turkey’s residents.

“Turkey has been criticising the US for providing weapons and arms for the YPG, which is the same as the PKK for Turkey, because Turkey believes those weapons provided by the international coalition [to the PKK] in the fight against ISIL in Syria will one day be diverted to Turkey,” Koseoglu stated.

Robert Pearson former US ambassador to Turkey instructed Al Jazeera that it is a matter that Turkey and the US may tackle collectively to verify their pursuits don’t collide.

“De-confliction is important here. ISIS is still alive in Syria, it’s still a growing force,” Pearson stated.

“Unfortunately, that terrorism group, which has also committed terrorist acts in Turkey, is still alive and still capable of being financed and operated.”