Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria

Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria

Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria

The United States, Britain and France fired more than 100 missiles at Syria on Friday in a "one-time shot" the Pentagon said followed evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack using at least chlorine gas.

"Turkey's policy towards Syria is very clear - Ankara stands for stability in the region", Bozdag said. "There is no change to the policy Turkey has been carrying out", Mr Bozdag told reporters.

"We do not have a united policy with the United States on the YPG issue, and Turkey's stance has not changed".

Also, Rex Tillerson, former secretary of state, told Erdogan in February that U.S. prosecutors had dropped charges against most members of his security detail who had been accused on playing a role in beating protesters past year, the Wall Street Journal said.

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Despite Turkey's cooperation with the likes of Russian Federation and Iran - Mr Assad's main supporters - to abate Syria's ongoing war, Ankara has been vocal about wanting to see the president gone and has even backed rebels against him.

Turkey has also been at loggerheads with Washington over United States support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish militants PKK, waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.

Turkey has submitted an extradition request to the US for Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, but so far it not been granted - a point that festers in the Turkish government, which has hunted down tens of thousands of alleged Gulen supporters and either imprisoned them or fired them from government jobs.

Turkey on Monday hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron over his comments that the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and its increasingly close ally Moscow. Bozdag said Turkey did not hesitate to work together with any country who defended "correct principles" on Syria.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks to the media in Ankara, February 20, 2018.