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Turkey summons French and German ambassadors over pro-Kurdish protests

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Çavusoglu, said on Tuesday that he summoned the French and German ambassadors due to demonstrations in those two countries by Kurdish groups that Ankara considers “terrorists.”

The move, announced by Çavusoglu during an interview with the Anadolu news agency, comes as Ankara has opposed the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO due to the alleged inaction of those Nordic countries against Kurdish groups that Turkey considers “terrorists”. .

The head of Turkish diplomacy cited recent demonstrations by Kurdish groups in France and Germany and pointed out that they were activists linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the European Union and the United States consider terrorists.

Ankara also considers the YPG Kurdish militias to be terrorists, which it defines as a simple affiliate of the PKK, as well as other small groups.

The YPG are not on the list of terrorist organizations in the EU or the US. In fact, these secular militias have been an ally of Washington in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

Çavusoglu indicated that Turkey’s negative position regarding the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO is maintained and once again demanded concrete actions from these Nordic nations.

Turkey has been complaining in recent years that Western countries do not take its concerns about PKK terrorism seriously, criticizing that many of its close organizations are allowed to move freely in Europe.


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