Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d‘affaires on Friday to complain about the Netherlands Parliament recognizing the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as genocide, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, according to Reuters.
The Turkish Army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine.
Turkish officials have released the former co-leader of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party, whom they had arrested a week ago over her opposition to Ankara’s ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Syria during which they also confirmed cooperation with Iran, official sources said.
Turkish foreign minister says it will confront any Syrian pro-government forces entering in the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin to protect the US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG), as Damascus reportedly intends to send pro-government forces to the flashpoint region to join forces with the Kurds against Turkish troops.
Turkey has summoned the Dutch chargé d'affaires to Ankara in protest at an "unacceptable" move by the Netherlands’ lower house of parliament to approve two motions recognizing as genocide the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.
Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria’s Afrin region.
US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has paid a two-day visit to Ankara, during which he met with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his Turkish counterpart. In a presser, Tillerson said Washington’s relations with Turkey is strategic for both countries and the NATO. Press TV’s Rahshan Saglam brings us more on the story.
Ankara and Washington have reached an agreement to work together in their occupation of Syria, where the two NATO allies have been on a collision course over the US’s support for the Kurdish militants operating at Turkish doorstep.
The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point, with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a US-backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area.