Ankara (IINA) � Ankara on Sunday protested US remarks associating Turkey with the presence of terrorist organizations in the Syrian city of Idlib.
"Our reaction to the statements of Brett McGurk, US Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, in which he associated Turkey with the presence of terrorist organizations in Idlib [in Syria] was brought to Mr. McGurk's attention at a high-level demarche and his statements, which could be characterized as provocative, were protested," Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said in a written statement.
McGurk's remarks came during a speech he delivered at a Washington-based think tank on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Mr. McGurk was reminded of both the fact that the root causes enabling terrorist organizations to find a foothold in Syria and Iraq could only be eradicated only if the deeds and actions of all relevant actors do not contradict one another," said the statement.
It added that McGurk was also reminded of "our expectation that the Syria-based terrorist organization PYD/YPG is not supported for whatever the reason may be".
The spokesman pointed out that the Ministry's reaction to McGurk's statements would also be reiterated to the US authorities by the Turkish Embassy in Washington.
Source: International Islamic News Agency