Turkey: US, not Iranians are cooperating with terrorists

Turkey stands against US action against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an integral part of Iran’s armed forces.

“The US has taken this unilateral decision in the context of sanctions and pressure on Iran,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday at a joint press conference in Ankara (Turkish capital) with his Cathar counterpart Muhamed bin Abdulraman Al Thani.

Commenting on the US decision to declare the Persian military body a “terrorist organisation”, Cavusoglu pointed out that it violates international law and is a destabilising factor in West Asia.

“No country can declare the Armed Forces of another country a terrorist organization. Nor do we support unilateral decisions,” the minister said.

Similarly, Cavusoglu described as “incomprehensible” that the U.S. includes in its list of alleged “foreign terrorist organizations” the official army of another country, when it is Washington itself, he said, which cooperates with extremist groups in the Middle East.

With these statements, the chancellor referred to the support given by the United States to the Kurdish militias People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Ankara maintains on its own list of terrorist groups.

Cavusoglu’s Cathar counterpart in turn repudiated the actions of President Donald Trump’s Administration against the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, a powerful branch of the Iranian Army that has been very active in the fight against terrorism and in the establishment of peace and security in West Asia.

The U.S. anti-Rania act has unleashed an avalanche of widespread condemnations, even among Washington’s Western allies. Critics of the measure predict that it will have no effect except to escalate tensions in the region.

In application of the principle of reciprocity, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has proclaimed the “U.S. regime” a “government sponsor of terrorism” and has declared the U.S. Central Command (Centcom) and its associated forces “terrorist groups”.

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