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Turkey slams Swedish FM for meeting with terror group

'So-called human rights defenders ignore massacres, crimes, oppression by terrorists in Syria,' says Foreign Ministry

Faruk Zorlu   | 10.07.2020
Turkey slams Swedish FM for meeting with terror group

ANKARA

Turkey's Foreign Ministry slammed recent remarks by Sweden’s foreign minister against Turkey's military operation in northeastern Syria while meeting via videolink with members of the PYD/YPG/PKK terrorist organization.  

"Essentially this meeting was not the first in which Ann Linde came into contact with members of the terrorist organization. She previously held talks with members of the terrorist organization and participated in activities organized by people associated with the terrorist organization," the ministry said late Thursday in a statement.

"It is a shame that so-called human rights defenders, who are becoming an instrument to the terrorist organization's smear campaign, ignore the massacres, crimes and oppression...committed by these terrorists in Syria," it stressed.

It also slammed Linde's remarks on social media after meeting with the PYD/YPG/PKK members.

"This attitude raises serious question marks about Sweden's approach to combating terrorism as a matter of priority."

It said the presence of members of the terrorist organization’s armed wing during the meeting further increased the severity of the situation.

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

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