Turkey concerned about US flags flying beside terrorist rags in Syria, Erdoğan says

Published 30.04.2017 11:02
Updated 30.04.2017 15:03
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Turkey is concerned about the presence of U.S. flags flying beside the flags of terrorist PKK's Syrian offshoot, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday, before heading to India in first official trip since the constitutional reform referendum.

Erdoğan expressed concern about U.S. flags flying beside People's Protection Units (YPG) flags at convoys in Syria, and noted that he will discuss the matter with President Donald Trump on May 16 when they meet.

"This needs to end. Otherwise we will have to take the matter into our own hands" Erdoğan said, adding that Turkey will have to continue attacks against the YPG in Karachok region in Syria and Sinjar in Iraq.

He highlighted that the Turkish military may intervene at any time soon, adding "It is better for them to live in fear than us being worried [about terror attacks]."

Erdoğan also noted that Turkey aims to strengthen cooperation with India in many ways, highlighting that both countries have many things in common.

"We will hold extensive meetings with Indian officials and business people" he said, adding that the visit will focus on the fight against terrorism, cooperation in various business sectors, as well as the closure of Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ)-linked schools in India.

The president will be in India for a two-day visit and is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials. He will also participate in the "Turkey-India Business Forum."

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