US Seeks To Defuse Diplomatic Spat With Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip had lashed out at the US Department of State over its hesitation to blame the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) for the killing of thirteen kidnapped Turks in Iraq.

US Seeks To Defuse Diplomatic Spat With Turkey
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The US has attempted to defuse diplomatic relations with the NATO ally Turkey, which had earlier summoned the American ambassador over a statement. Turkish President Recep Tayyip had lashed out at the US Department of State over its hesitation to blame the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) for the killing of thirteen kidnapped Turks in Iraq.

On Sunday, the authorities in Turkey said that the banned PKK had killed thirteen military and police officers. It came after the Kurdish Worker’s Party accused Ankara’s air raids of at least thirteen deaths. Meanwhile, the US maintained that it condemned the attack if the PKK’s involvement behind the attack was confirmed.

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Turkey, already angered by America’s support for the PKK in Syria, was infuriated by the conditionality of the US statement and summoned Washington’s ambassador to record their strong protest. However, on Monday, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, expressed condolences and maintained that he thinks PKK was behind the deaths of thirteen Turks.

Ned Price, the spokesperson of the State Department, said that Blinken expressed condolences for the deaths and held PKK responsible for the attack. Earlier this month, Ankara launched a military operation against PKK in the northern part of Iraq, which Erdogan said on Monday was designed to free the Turkish hostages. According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, as many as 48 members of the banned outfit were killed in operation.

Since 1984, the Kurdish Worker’s Party, dubbed as a terrorist organization by Western countries, the US, and Turkey, has waged an armed rebellion against the Turkish state, which is believed to have displaced tens of thousands of civilians in the area. Experts suggest that Ankara has been angered by the continuous American support of the Kurdish rebels in Syria, which could potentially hamper the new administration’s aim to normalize ties.

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