Turkey criticizes US for 'impertinence' on Syria crisis
Iran Press TV
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:57PM GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the United States over what he called its 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, further exposing the extent of divisions between Ankara and Washington on the foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria.
On Wednesday, Erdogan accused the US of being 'impertinent' for pressuring it to help save the northern Syrian city of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters are battling the ISIL Takfiri militants.
"Why is somebody coming to this region from 12,000 kilometers (7,000 miles) away? I want you to know that we are against impertinence, recklessness and endless demands,' he told a group of businessmen in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
'We will resolve our problems not with the help of a 'superior mind' but with the help of our people,' Erdogan stated.
Erdogan's comments come as US Vice President Joe Biden concluded his three-day visit to Turkey on Sunday, without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis.
On November 19, the Turkish president criticized the United States for failing to meet Turkey's conditions to play a more influential role in the Washington-led so-called coalition against the ISIL militants.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. The United States and some of its regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- have been supporting the militants operating in Syria.
The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
Syria's Kurdish city of Kobani has been under siege by the ISIL for weeks while the Turkish army stands watching the plight of the Kurds inside the city.
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