Ankara is “not closing its doors” to countries, but concerns about “terrorism” must be addressed, says Turkish presidential aide
Turkey does not want to shoot directly at Sweden and Finland joining the US-led NATO alliance, Ibrahim Kalin, a top adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Saturday. Nonetheless, the companies that Ankara concerns are considered “Terrorist” What is working in these countries must be addressed, the official said.
“We are not closing the door. However, we are raising this issue as a matter of national security in Turkey. Kalin made it clear.
The official gave more details about Erdogan’s voice on Friday, when the president said Ankara could not support the bids from Finland and Sweden, which “Like the guesthouse of a terrorist organization.” To join the alliance, a potential member must have the support of all NATO member states.
Kalin explained that Ankara is particularly concerned about the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey as well as the EU and the United States. The issue is primarily related to Sweden, the official said.
“All that needs to be done is clear: their PKK outlets, activities, organizations, individuals and other types of presence … should stop allowing them to exist in those countries.” Kalin said. “Of course we want to have a discussion, with a discussion [our] Swedish opponent. “
NATO membership is always a process. We’ll see how things go. But this is the first point we want to bring to the attention of all allies, as well as the Swedish authorities.
The PKK, already an enemy of Turkish authorities for decades, has been waging a low-intensity uprising in the Kurdish-populated southeast of the country. Ankara considers and treats Kurdish-led militias in neighboring Iraq and Syria, including the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a branch of the PKK. “Terrorist” E.g. Turkey has repeatedly infiltrated neighboring countries in the past few years to fight Kurdish militants.