The head of the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Department, Fahrettin Altun, called on France to end all activities of the terrorist “PKK” organization and its extensions on its territory.
This came during his speech at a symposium entitled “Turkish-French Relations: Opportunities and Challenges” held in the conference hall of the Communications Department in the capital, Ankara, on Tuesday.
Altun said that PKK members can find a foothold in France, despite the European Union’s inclusion of the organization in the list of terrorism.
He added, “Turkey calls on France to end the activities of the PKK and its extensions in it, similar to its request from all NATO allies.”
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He stressed that Turkey is waiting for the support of its allies in its legitimate struggle against the PKK/BYD/YPG organizations in Syria.
He pointed out that the disinformation campaigns carried out by anti-Turkish lobbies or the extension of terrorist organizations such as “PKK/YPG” and “Fülen” in the West harm relations between the two countries.
He added, “Turkish-French relations should not be sacrificed for cheap and short-term political calculations that satisfy terrorist organizations or anti-Turkish lobbies.”
On the other hand, the head of the Communications Department confirmed that Ankara is doing its best to prevent the Russian-Ukrainian crisis from worsening further.
He added, “Our main expectation from European countries, led by France, is to support Turkey in managing the (Ukrainian) crisis before it deepens further.”
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by international rejection and economic sanctions on Moscow, which requires Kyiv to abandon plans to join military entities to end its operation, which the latter considers an “interference” in its sovereignty.