Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that the United States thinks differently than Turkey concerning the matter of the PYD but that this difference will not harm the relations between the two countries.
Speaking at George Washington University in the US capital, Cavusoglu said Turkey considers PYD and YPG as terror organisations because they are the Syrian extensions of PKK, which is listed as a terror group by both Turkey and the US.
"Designating the PKK as a terrorist organisation and then cooperating with the Syrian branch, the YPG, will only lead to more terror attacks," he said, referring to the US position regarding the PKK and YPG.
Reiterating that these groups were all terror groups, Cavusoglu said two recent deadly attacks that took place in Ankara were conducted by people who were trained by the YPG.
"So there is no difference between PKK and PYD. Therefore, we can not treat PYD as a partner against DAESH," he said as the US administration regards the PYD as an ally in the fight against DAESH.
"We can not actually rely on any other terrorist organisation in our fight against DAESH."
Cavusoglu said “We have already told the US that PYD and YPG are not trustable as their ultimate goal is to create a federation along Syria’s border with Turkey.”
“However, policy differences between Turkey and the US regarding PYD does not affect the relations between the two countries,” he continued.
The Foreign Minister also said all countries need to show a "zero tolerance" policy toward terrorism, adding there could be no "double standards" regarding this.
He called on international communities to stop making distinctions between groups as there can be no "good terrorists."
Giving the example of Boko Haram's mass murder of approximately 2,000 people in a Nigerian village last year, Cavusoglu said the world reaction to that was not the same as it was to the Brussels or Paris attacks.
"Why? Because we have a different understanding; good terrorist, bad terrorist, secular one, radical one," he said.
“Turkey does not make distinctions among groups based on race or religion,” he added.
Cavusoglu also criticised some media reports that used different rhetoric for Turkey’s fight against PKK by saying that the country’s fight is against Kurds.
"PKK is not representing the Kurds. Our Kurdish citizens are not sharing the PKK ideology," he said.
When asked about Turkey’s relations with other international actors, Cavusoglu stated that relations with the European Union have boosted after a deal was reached to stem refugee flow into Europe.
''Both of the sides need each other more than ever,” the Foreign Minister said.
He also touched on Turkey’s relationship with Israel saying that one of three preconditions put forth by Turkey to normalise relations after the Israeli military attacked a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza has been fulfilled.
“Delegations are meeting over the other two,” he said.