Yıldırım also stressed Turkey’s fight against the PKK, saying that the terror group’s attacks on Turkey from its base in Iraq are unacceptable and his country will do whatever necessary.
“PKK terrorists cannot be allowed to harbor in Iraqi’s Sinjar region. It is our security issue and common problem with both the regional and central Iraqi governments. Thus, we should act together,” he said.
He also touched upon the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) sinister occupation campaign on Arab populated lands in Syria. In this regard, Yıldırım said that the PYD terrorist organization has uprooted Arabs and peshmerga in northern parts of Syria. However, Turkey cannot let a fait accompli of them who seized those lands.
“No matter how they changed their names, we clearly know them and what they are doing. They are the PKK’s affiliates. They cannot change their essence by renaming. There is no difference between the PKK, PYD or the People’s Protection Units (YPG),” he argued.
Additionally, Yıldırım thanked President Barzani over his support against FETÖ and reiterated Turkey’s aim to rid all its elements.