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Turkish foreign ministry condemns reported oil agreement between SDF, US company

2020-08-03

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SULAIMANI — In response to reports of an agreement between a US oil company and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD), Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Relations on Monday (August 3) expressed its concern and argued that the agreement is unacceptable and has no legal basis.

In the statement, Ankara said it considered Washington’s support for the agreement to be within the scope of “financing terrorism.”

The ministry said that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) “have clearly demonstrated their ambition to advance their separatist agenda by seizing the natural resources of the Syrian people.”

Reports emerged over the past week that an American oil company has signed an agreement to pump oil in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by the SDF. Ankara accuses the SDF, and in particular the YPG, to have links with the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU.

US Donald Trump has said in the past that US forces are staying in Syria in part to secure the oil there.

(NRT Digital Media)