Equating Syrian Kurds and US-designated terror group insults both Kurds and our intelligence, said Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director to the Turkish Presidency.

The statement from Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director to the Turkish Presidency, came after a meeting between Turkish and US security officials.
The statement from Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director to the Turkish Presidency, came after a meeting between Turkish and US security officials. (AA)

Turkey's national security is not an issue up for discussion, Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director to the Turkish Presidency, said on Tuesday.

“Turkey's national security is non-negotiable. Our fight against terrorism isn't a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’," Altun wrote on Twitter after a meeting of Turkish and US security officials in the capital Ankara.

“US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks with his Turkish counterpart Ibrahim Kalin at the Presidential Complex in Ankara today. I hope that he got a taste of the world-famous Turkish hospitality during his visit,” Altun added.

“Acting like Syrian Kurds and members of a US-designated terrorist group are one and the same is an insult to the Kurdish people and our intelligence,” added Altun.

The meeting came in the wake of Bolton saying the US withdrawal from Syria needed a guarantee Turkey will not attack “Kurds” in Syria, meaning the terrorist PKK/YPG — remarks firmly rebuked by Ankara.

Turkish officials reject any conflation of ethnic Kurds with PKK/YPG terrorists, saying the PKK/YPG terrorises Syrian Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen alike.

In its 30-year terrorist campaign, the PKK — recognised as a terror group by the US, EU, and Turkey — has taken some 40,000 lives, including women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.

Turkey has said it is planning a counter-terrorist operation into Syria targeting the PKK/YPG, following two successful operations since 2016.

Turkey has criticised the US working with the terrorist PKK/YPG to fight Daesh, saying using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

Source: AA