Mar 30 2018

Macron kept saying 'strange things,' so I had to respond - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkish Intelligence (MİT), worked with Kosovan intelligence in ''taking 6 high level FETO (Referred to as the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) by the Turkish administration and blamed for failed 2016 coup attempt) representatives,'' and that the operation was conducted in agreement Kosovan authorities.

The Turkish President noted that Kosovan authorities handed the Turkish nationals to the Turkish police.

''As I told you before, they [Gulen members] will keep running and we will keep chasing after them. Wherever they may go, we will nab them and bring them home. We will hold them accountable,” Erdogan stated.

Despite Erdogan’s suggestion that Turkish and Kosovan authorities had an "understanding" about the six Turks, earlier on Friday Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj denied any agreement and fired the country’s intelligence chief in addition to the interior minister following the news of 6 Turks’ extradition to Turkey.

In his speech Erdogan also reacted to French President Emmanuel Macron’s offer that France become a mediator between the Syrian Kurds and Turkey.

“I’d like to express my incredible sadness over the France’s behaviour. I spoke with Macron in recent days and realized he says some very strange things. When he kept speaking so strangely - even though it may have been at a high frequency - I had to say something. Because it's not anyone’s place to describe our military forces in an unacceptable fashion,” Erdogan said.

Erdogan added that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella military organization in Syria consisting mostly of Kurdish fighters, is “identical” the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an internationally recognized terrorist organization.

Commenting on Macron’s remarks in which he stated “we gave them [SDF] our guaranteed support,” Erdogan said, this is “above their heads.” The Turkish President added, ''We have a saying, 'Don't get into business that's above your head.' We do not need a mediator. Since when does Turkey sit down at a table with terrorist organizations when it has a problem?”

Referring to Macron’s meeting with YPG representatives at Elysee Palace on Thursday, Erdogan stated, “France lost its rights to complain about any terrorists or any terrorist attacks. Those who are together, who host them [YPG reps] at their palace will come to this realization sooner or later.”

Erdogan continued saying, “When those who were able to survive piled in there, I hope they would not ask for help from us. You are hosting 7 terrorists there but have you ever asked Turkey, who is hosting 3.5 million Syrians, if you can help? How many refugees have you hosted in France, tell me?”

Erdogan also reacted Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek on Friday for his recent remarks on an a potential financial crisis hitting Turkey, warning Turkish citizens in exercising caution in taking loans.

Erdogan said ''Some of our friends are deceived by the game being played by international credit rating agencies to prevent global wealth flowing into Turkey.''  The Turkish President noted that he is “sorry to hear such remarks” adding that “this is not something can be forgiven.”