Turkey summons Swedish diplomat over ‘terrorism propaganda’

Turkey summoned Sweden's charge d'affaires in Ankara over “terrorism propaganda” at the weekend, Reuters reported.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry called in the Swedish diplomat to convey its “strong reaction” to a protest held in the Swedish capital Stockholm by a Kurdish group, considering it as support for terrorism, Reuters said, citing diplomatic sources.

In May, Turkey opposed the NATO membership applications of Sweden and Finland saying they were failing to combat threats to its security posed by so-called terrorist groups including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has battled for Kurdish autonomy for almost four decades, and an affiliate in Syria. Turkey dropped its objections late last month after Sweden and Finland promised to address pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects and agreed to lift arms embargoes.

The demonstration took place to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Kurdish uprising in northern Syria, which borders Turkey, Agence France-Presse reported. Turkey says it is planning a new military incursion into Syria to battle the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), which is linked with the PKK, and push its militants away from the border.

Sweden’s foreign ministry confirmed that the diplomat had been summoned for a "meeting" on Saturday. It did not elaborate, AFP said.





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