Turkey, Istanbul: The president of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan expressed anger over a official visit of United States (US) to a Kurdish militant group controlling the Syrian town of Kobane, urging Washington to choose between Turkey and the terrorists there. Delegation members including senior US diplomat Brett McGurk, special envoy to an international coalition fighting Islamic States (IS) in Syria and Iraq, last week met members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a powerful militant group that is in control of Kobane.
The meetings come after the YPG’s political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was excluded from new peace talks in Geneva being organised by the UN. Ankara had threatened to boycott the talks if PYD was invited. President told reporters on his plane returning from a trip to Latin America and to Senegal, “He visits Kobane at the time of the Geneva talks and is awarded a plaque by a so-called YPG general?” “How can we trust (you)?” Erdogan said. “Is it me who is your partner or the terrorists in Kobane?” His comments were carried by Turkish media on Yesterday.