Turkey's Erdogan Says the United States has Taken the Wrong Path

Turkey's Erdogan Says the United States has Taken the Wrong Path

Turkey aims to secure control of the region of northern Syria east of the Euphrates river, removing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the area, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

"God willing, we hope to solve the problems with America within the shortest time and redevelop relations in the political and economic fields with the spirit of strategic partnership", Erdogan said in an address to the opening of parliament.

Mount Qandil is home to the PKK terror group's headquarters and the group initially established a presence in Sinjar in 2014 on the pretext of "protecting" the local Ezidi community from the Daesh terrorist group.

Guests heard Erdogan reject criticism about the arrests of journalists, lawyers and union officials that followed a failed coup in Turkey.

The easing of tension has helped the Turkish lira recover from historic lows in recent weeks.

Erdogan says Ozil was "ostracized" and that "as president, I could not stomach the fact that he was alienated".

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Erdogan said that the United States administration tried to solve issues between the two countries "with the language of threat instead of dialogue". This would "actually cause the biggest harm to the United States in the medium and long term", he added.

Relations between Berlin and Ankara have deteriorated due to the arrest of German citizens in Turkey.

Turkey demanded, during a meeting with armed opposition faction in Idlib, withdrawal from demilitarized zones, according to Sochi deal between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Countries who think they can act despite Turkey and even against Turkey are gravely mistaken", Erdogan told lawmakers of his Justice and Development (AK) Party at the parliament.

Ankara and Washington have been embroiled in a diplomatic spat over the trial in Turkey of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson.

He also drew attention to relations with Russian Federation, and vowed to further strengthen "positive cooperation in the days ahead".

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