Iraq vows to secure Sinjar boarder region, after Turkish warning

Kerry Wise
March 29, 2018

The PKK has conducted numerous violent terrorist acts on Turkish soil and is recognized as a terrorist group by the United States and the EU. "The EU and Turkey are trying to maintain the relation between them although it is quite weakened", he commented.

A German national who was trying to cross into Syria from Turkey has been arrested by Turkish authorities over alleged links to Kurdish militants, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Turkey has condemned actions by the Greek Cyprus government to drill for oil and gas without an agreement that Turkey should receive a share of the revenue.

Tusk said that the summit's objective was to "continue the dialogue in really hard circumstances". Today's EU-Turkey meeting reaffirms the importance both sides give to our relationship.

Juncker insisted that he was not in favour of stopping negotiations with Turkey but urged Ankara to improve relations with member states like Cyprus and Greece.

"We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and conversation and work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership", Tusk said.

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"Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through hard times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well", Tusk said. Erdogan, however, is not happy at how the deal for that move is playing out nor with delays in waiving visas for Turkish tourists visiting European Union member states.

Prior to the meeting, Erdogan told reporters that Turkey still regards full European Union membership as a strategic goal.

"We are, of course, deeply concerned about what's happening in Afrin".

Iraq's prime minister said on Tuesday that he has ordered the military to take full control of the country's borders amid escalating tensions and Turkish threats of an incursion into Iraq to chase Kurdish rebels.

It would be a grave mistake for Europe, which claims to be a global force, to push Turkey out of its expansion policy.