Turkey may close Incirlik Air Base for US – president’s adviser
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
If the US does not recognize the Kurdish Workers' Party's (PKK) Syrian wing - Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as the terrorist organization, Turkey may close its Incirlik Air Base for the US Armed Forces, Seref Malkoch, Turkish president's adviser said, Turkish Bugun newspaper reported Feb. 19.
Without recognizing PYD as a terrorist organization the US indirectly shows that the country agrees with PYD's activities, he noted.
"If the US is a Turkey's friend and partner in reality, it has to recognize PYD as a terrorist organization," said Malkoch.
A terror attack was carried out in Ankara Feb. 17 near the buildings of the Turkish parliament, the general staff and a military dorm in the city.
Commenting on the explosion Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the explosion killed 28 and injured 61. Reports suggest that a car bomb was detonated.
Earlier, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the US must decide who is its ally - Turkey, or the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, which he called a terrorist organization.
Turkey, unlike the US, is well aware that the PYD and the PKK is a terrorist organization, said the president, adding that the fact that the US does not recognize the PYD as a terrorist organization, is very upsetting for Turkey.
Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the US must make a choice between Turkey and terrorist organizations.
US officials said before that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria is not a terrorist organization.
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