BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told lawmakers from his political party on Tuesday that his regime will not accept the remarks made by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Turkey’s role in Syria.
The Turkish President also made a bold claim that his nation’s armed forces were responsible for clearing the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) from Syria.
“Syria is rapidly being freed of the Daesh menace thanks to heroic efforts of our soldiers. But we cannot accept remarks by [US National Security Adviser John] Bolton,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the Anadolu News Agency.
Erdogan said Turkey is determined to eliminate “terror corridor” in the north of Syria, adding that Turkey made no distinction between terrorist groups.
“For Turkey, there is no difference between PKK, YPG, PYD or Daesh,” he said.
He said Turkey’s preparations to eradicate Daesh in Syria’s north “together with other terrorist organizations along the way”.
“Very soon we will act to neutralize terrorist groups in Syria. And we will take out other terror groups that might try to prevent us from doing this,” he said.
Erdogan said Turkey has always respected his allies, adding that his country expected the same attitude from its allies.