Turkey 'Summons Top US Diplomat' Over Syria Kurd Forces

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Turkey's state-run media, the Anadolu news agency quoting government sources, said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Phillip Kosnett was summoned to the ministry.

According to diplomatic sources, at the meeting the Turkish side expressed its concern over the United States support for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Russia will continue constructive cooperation with Turkey for Syrian course, but it will not give up fighting against terrorist groups such as al-Nusra, Russia's Izvestiya newspaper reported Thursday quoting anonymous Russian officials.

According to state media reports, the USA diplomat Philip Kosnett is the top U.S. diplomat in Ankara after the departure of Ambassador John Bass in late 2017.

They also highlighted the important outcome of the summit meeting between His Majesty and the Turkish president in the Turkish capital Ankara last month, and the momentum it provided to increase cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

Ankara believes YPG fighters are linked with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, responsible for waging armed campaign since 1984 causing death to more than 40,000 people.

But Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over a wide range of issues in recent months, including a US alliance with Kurdish fighters in Syria and the conviction of a Turkish bank executive in a USA sanctions-busting case that included testimony of corruption by senior Turkish officials. This is also the reason for Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize the Sochi Congress.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area. "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime", Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels.

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