Turkey slams Biden over ISIL accusations

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu objected to a speech by U.S. vice-president Joe Biden who accused several Middle Eastern countries, including Turkey, of allowing the rise of the ISIL.

Turkey slams Biden over ISIL accusations

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan objected strongly to comments made by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden who accused America’s key allies in the Middle East, including Turkey, of allowing the rise of the ISIL.

In a speech at Harvard University, Biden said, “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,” claiming that certain Middle Eastern countries had provided “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousand tons of weapons” indiscriminately to anyone who would fight against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, thus instigating a Sunni-Shiite conflict.

"Biden has to apologize for his statements," said Erdogan, adding, "We never helped any terror organization, including ISIL. No one can prove it," stressing no one can claim that the foreign fighters in Syria had crossed Turkey with weapons on them.

It had been reported in June that at least 12,000 foreign fighters from at least 81 countries, including 2,500 from Europe or the Unites States, had joined the civil war in Syria,

In order to stop foreign fighters aiming to go to fight for ISIL, Turkey has deported around 1,000 people in addition to forbidding 6,000 others to enter the country, Erdogan noted.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also denounced the claims made by the Biden, saying "It is impossible to accept his criticism. All the U.S. authorities and Biden very well know that Turkey, on its own, has hosted millions of refugees for four years. If all the warnings that Turkey made had been taken into consideration, [ISIL] would not be an issue today."

Speaking to reporters, Davutoglu stressed that, for its humanitarian efforts, Turkey will not be held responsible for what happens in the region - which will not be the case for other the countries, he claims.

PKK, ISIL same for Turkey

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and ISIL, are the same for Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

"It is wrong to consider them in different ways (...). We need to handle them all together on a common ground," said Erdogan.

Erdogan opposed Turkey's taking in Kurdish refugees fleeing from the Syrian border town of Kobani, where ISIL launched a fresh offensive last week, to the "so-called" efforts of the outlawed Kurdish party's supporters in the region.

Around 160,000 Kurdish refugees took shelter in Turkey, according to Ankara, since the country opened its border on September 19. ISIL, which controls vast areas of Iraq and Syria, has launched several attacks near the Turkish border.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as by the U.S. and the European Union. Turkey has launched what is publicly known as "the solution process" to end a decades old conflict with the PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.

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