'Shortsighted policies to create long-lasting problems'

Recognition of terrorist leader by Turkey's allies to be detrimental to ties, says country’s director of communications

Jeyhun Aliyev   | 29.10.2019
'Shortsighted policies to create long-lasting problems'


Shortsighted policies towards Turkey will create long-lasting problems, destabilize the entire region and amplify risks to international security, Turkey’s director of communications said Monday.

"We reiterate that the recognition of a terrorist leader by our allies will be detrimental to our relations," Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter, referring to U.S. senators urging the Trump administration to invite YPG/PKK ringleader Ferhat Abdi Sahin, codenamed Mazloum Kobani, to visit Washington.

Altun said it is a violation of national and international laws as well as against "the spirit of alliance and strategic partnership."

"The U.S. authorities must not only deny terror leaders any visas but cooperate with allies to bring them to justice," he concluded.

The extradition request by Turkey’s Justice Ministry came after a red notice was issued by Interpol for Sahin.

In Turkey’s request, Sahin is charged with “founding and masterminding an armed terrorist organization” and “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.”

The extradition request was issued in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty on Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the U.S. and Turkey.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry had previously submitted a request to U.S. authorities to arrest Sahin if he enters the U.S.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen asked the State Department to issue Sahin a visa so he could visit Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump had previously said on Twitter that he anticipated a meeting with Sahin.

This was criticized by senior Turkish officials, who said that since Sahin is a wanted terrorist, he should receive treatment in line with Ankara’s agreements with Washington.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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