Erdogan urges Obama for unified stance against terror

HANGZHOU, Sep. 04 (MNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his United States counterpart Barack Obama that their countries continue to maintain a “model partnership”, but called for a unified stance against the existence of the PKK/PYD in northern Syria.

Erdogan and Obama held a 45-minute closed meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China - their first since a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey left 240 people martyred and 2,200 others injured.

The discussion comes less than two weeks after Turkey launched an anti-Daesh (ISIL) operation, called Euphrates Shield, that aims to support U.S.-led coalition forces, strengthen Turkey's border security by clearing terrorist groups and maintain Syria’s territorial integrity.

Erdogan underlined Sunday that the countries have a “special relation”, but stressed that they “should adopt a shared attitude against all terrorist organizations as NATO member countries”.

“There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist; every kind of terrorism is bad,” he said.

Erdogan stressed that Turkey’s fight against terror organizations such as Daesh in Syria and Iraq as well as the PKK, PYD and YPG -- the armed wing of the PKK/PYD terror group -- would continue determinedly.

“We do not want the formation of a terror corridor on our southern [border],” he said, adding that Turkey’s military was fighting alongside coalition forces with this objective.

“I believe we will be successful in this fight,” Erdogan underlined.

The U.S. had earlier urged Turkey to focus its efforts in Syria on Daesh, and to avoid engaging with the YPG-led "Syrian Democratic Forces", Washington’s principal partner in Syria.

Turkey views the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group, which the U.S. and European Union also list as a terrorist organization.

Ankara has insisted the group return to the east bank of the Euphrates River immediately, calling on the U.S. to fulfill its commitment in this regard, and has targeted the group south of Jarabulus.

Erdogan and Obama also addressed Sunday the extradition of U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, who Turkey says he is the leader of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is accused of fomenting the July 15 coup attempt.

Erdogan said that Turkey’s justice minister and interior minister -- accompanied by other delegates -- are due to visit the U.S. to discuss the issue.

Last month, Turkish officials shared information with U.S. delegations in Turkey on four different files on Gulen, who is also accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

During Sunday's meeting, Erdogan was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and National Intelligence Agency Chief Hakan Fidan.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish president also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On Saturday night, Erdogan held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin since ties between Moscow and Ankara entered a new phase following an Aug. 9 meeting in St. Petersburg.

The 11th G20 summit, attended by the leaders of the world’s 20 most industrialized countries, is being held in the coastal city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang province Sept. 4-5.


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