Apr 07 2018

Hours after attack in Germany Erdogan: same will happen in France

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, hours after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Germany's Munster city on Saturday, said to his supporters "the same thing will happen in France."
 
So far at least four people were killed and over 30 injured when the vehicle hit bystanders in the western German city,
 
Erdogan, during a speech to his supporters in Turkey's western city of Denizli, lashed out at France once again for country's decision to send troops into Syria's flashpoint city Manbij, in northern Aleppo. Erdogan said, "France, [you are] being stooge to the terrorism and providing support to the terrorism, you are hosting terrorists at the Elysee Palace.. you will not be able to give an account of these... You are seeing what is happening in Germany right? The same will happen in France. The West will not able to free itself from terror. The West will sink as it feeds these terrorists."
 
Turkey previously rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that France and other members of the international community could help establish dialogue between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups in Syria which are linked to outlawed People's Workers Party (PKK).
 
In late March, Macron in Paris met with a delegation that included the People's Protection Unit's (YPG), which Turkey recognizes as terror organization and extension of PKK.

"The president ... paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh," Macron's office said in a statement.
 
Macron's meeting with the Syrian Kurdish delegation as well as his recent phone conversations with the Turkish president made some headline in Turkey. 
 

Erdogan, during a rally on March 30, said, "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's spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, on Saturday, criticized the United States over sending what it said were mixed messages on Syria, saying Washington was sowing confusion by equivocating about its future role in the country, Reuters reported. 

“The President of the United States says ‘We’re going to get out of Syria very soon’ and then others say, ‘No, we are staying’,” Ibrahim Kalin said, referring to recent comments from U.S. President Donald Trump and other officials. 

Meanwhile, , The U.S. policy of arming the PKK and YPG militants in Syria is a "point of discord" between Ankara and Washington, the Turkish foreign minister wrote.

“The United States has played into the hands of all its critics and opponents by deciding to form an alliance with terrorists despite its own values and its 66-year-old alliance with one of their primary targets, Turkey,” wrote Çavuşoğlu.