Erdogan says U.S. sacrificing ties with Turkey, blames envoy

Updated: 03:52 GMT, Oct 14, 2017 | Published: 05:08 GMT, Oct 13, 2017 |

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan blamed his country’s dispute with the United States on the outgoing U.S. ambassador John Bass on Thursday (October 12), saying Washington was “sacrificing” relations with its NATO ally.

At a meeting with provincial governors in Ankara Erdogan said Turkey was determined to eradicate the “corridor of terror” on its Syrian border, highlighting what Ankara says is the dual threat of Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish fighters. He added the world was beginning to see that Syrian Kurdish forces, Islamic State and fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad all “feed each other”.

Erdogan also said the United States was hiding a suspect in its Istanbul consulate who is linked to a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for last year’s failed military coup.

He added that Turkey stood by its decision to suspend issuing Turkish visas in the United States, in response to Washington’s visa services suspension in Turkey.

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