Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım criticized Tuesday U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her remarks about arming Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq as a measure to counter the Daish terrorist group.
Speaking at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting in Ankara, Yıldırım said that Turkey's worries regarding the region had once again been proven right with Clinton's comments.
"What does arming Kurdish groups mean? Isn't the U.S. our ally? Clinton's comments have once again proven the correctness of our worries," Yıldırım said.
Turkey has long criticized the U.S. for supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) group, which is dominated by PKK's Syrian wing PYD.
In the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Clinton on Sunday night, the democratic candidate said that she would consider arming PYD in Syria and Iraq, a military plan which the Obama administration has already been considering.
"I would. ...consider arming the Kurds. The Kurds have been our best partners in Syria, as well as in Iraq. And I know there's a lot of concern about that in some circles but I think they should have the equipment they need because Kurdish and Arab fighters on the ground are the principal way that we take Raqqa after pushing [Daish] out of Iraq," Clinton said.
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