Turkey's relations with U.S. at make-or-break point - Mevlut Cavusoglu


The countries are at odds on various issues, with the biggest problem being US support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

"We want concrete steps (from the US)".

Relations between Turkey and the United States have deteriorated now to a point of either being fixed or breaking down completely, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cautioned on Monday.

Last month, Turkey launched an offensive called "Olive Branch" against Kurdish forces in Afrin, a region in northern Syria, which was faced with Washington's criticism.

Cavusoglu said all the sensitive issues will be discussed in detail during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Ankara. The missing trust needs to be restored.

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US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that some members of the PYD/PKK-led SDF had shifted to Afrin, Syria amid Turkey's ongoing operation against the groups in the border region, according to Anadolu news agency.

The US must immediately stop supporting terrorists, instead of sending a delegation to Turkey to negotiate the Olive Branch operation, Bozdag added.

The operation has been conducted jointly with the Free Syrian Army forces.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.