ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the United States’ backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria after a photographer revealed US commandos wearing the insignia of a militia branded a terror group by Ankara.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Washington and accused Turkey’s NATO ally of not being honest in a speech Saturday in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
Mr Erdogan, speaking in the majority Kurdish city Diyarbakir, accused the US of being dishonest because of its support for the militia and its political wing the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
“I believe that politics should be exercised with honesty,” he said.
Ankara regards the YPG as a terror group, accusing it of carrying out attacks inside Turkey and being the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has fought an insurgency against the Turkish state for over three decades.
The United States does not consider the YPG to be a terrorist group.
“The PKK, the PYD, the YPG, Daesh (Islamic State group), there is no difference. They are all terrorists,” Mr Erdogan said.
It had long been public knowledge that around 200 US commandos are in northern Syria helping local militia target the IS extremists’ de facto capital Raqqa and guiding coalition air strikes.
NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs
KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.
A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.
The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.
Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.
NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.
Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.Follow @gorkhapost