Ankara, Turkey – Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a joint press conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde. During the meeting, Cavusoglu reacted harshly to Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde’s words that ‘we are warning Turkey to withdraw from Syria’. Minister Çavuşoğlu, ‘ with what authority do you want Turkey to withdraw from Syria?”he said.

“We are warning Turkey to withdraw from Syria,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde at a joint press conference. Minister Çavuşoğlu, ” you want Turkey to withdraw from Syria with what authority you receive from whom or are you warning Turkey? We do not want to divide Syria, but you say to Turkey ‘withdraw’ to support the PKK, which wants to divide Syria,” he said.

Minister Çavuşoğlu held a joint press conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, who made a working visit to Turkey. Minister Çavuşoğlu, who said that Turkey has deep-rooted relations with Sweden, said: “Today we have discussed all aspects of our relations. We also exchanged views on regional issues. There are issues that we agree on and disagree on. We expect more concrete steps from Sweden in the fight against terrorism. We expect better cooperation from Sweden on this issue. Unfortunately, many FETO members have been granted asylum from Sweden, and most of them have been granted. Sweden has always supported Turkey in the European Union process. He criticized it when it came to it. Today, the EU needs to make serious decisions on many issues. If Turkey cannot meet the criteria, then the EU can easily criticize Turkey; but we also need to eliminate political barriers,” he said.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that they also discussed Armenia’s attacks on Azerbaijan during the meeting and said: “after the ceasefire, Armenia continued to attack civilians. We have said that the Minsk co-chairmen have not taken concrete steps to solve this problem. Now we need to take steps. We said that the only way to solve this problem is for Armenia to withdraw Azerbaijan from its territory. Of course, we are in favor of the solution, but in any case, we are with Azerbaijan as a state and as a nation until the end. We welcome calls from the international community for a ceasefire. In addition, if Armenia is called to ‘withdraw from the territory of Azerbaijan’, then we can see that my international ball really wants to solve this problem. But this call is unfortunately not made, ” he said.

Minister Çavuşoğlu, Swedish Foreign Minister Linde said at the meeting, ‘we are warning Turkey to withdraw from Syria’ reacted to the statement. Minister Çavuşoğlu, said:

“There are some phrases he uses, and I have to answer them. ‘We are warning Turkey to withdraw from Syria.’It’s not the right approach to use that word in diplomacy, it’s the wrong word. Do you want Turkey to withdraw from Syria with the authority you receive from whom, or do you warn Turkey? Did the regime in Syria give Sweden or the European Union such authority? We do not want to divide Syria, but you say ‘withdraw’ to Turkey to support the PKK who want to divide Syria. Do you say’ Get Out of Idlib ‘ to Turkey? Do you say ‘Get Out’ of the areas we’ve cleared from ISIS, no. Why; if we withdraw from Idlib, 3 million more refugees will come to Turkey and from there they will go to European countries. And where does it need to be pulled from? From the areas we have cleared from the PKK, Turkey must withdraw. On whose behalf are you warning, Why Are you saying ‘Get Out of those areas’? If we approach these issues fairly and distinguish between our Kurdish brothers and terrorists, our views on the issues we diverge may become even closer. Let’s distinguish between terrorists and other Syrians, especially our Kurdish brothers.”

Also critical of his Swedish counterpart’s remarks on Cyprus, Minister Çavuşoğlu said: “You say ‘the sovereign right of Cyprus’. You are talking about rights and law, but what about the rights of the Turkish Cypriots? Don’t they have a right to hydrocarbon resources? Why not emphasize fair sharing? You can’t do that, why; as you have stressed, because of the understanding of solidarity within the EU. Solidarity is good in a place that is right; but solidarity in a place that is wrong blinds people, and it blinds the EU. Regardless, the Greek Cypriot understanding that every demand of Greece is right is not correct. You’re sensitive about immigrants, and you thanked us, so why don’t you criticize Greece for once when Greece is killing immigrants, if you’re so sensitive. Why; because Greece prevents migrants from coming to Europe, Greece is an EU country, there is a spirit of solidarity. Our objection is to this double standard, ” he said.

“You say your thoughts, and we are obliged to say Our thoughts on behalf of our 83 million citizens,” said Minister Çavuşoğlu, noted:

“PYD, YPG, PKK have no distinction, you want to see it that way. You see, you opened his office, you opened a money laundering investigation into the man who ran the office, they’re terrorists, they’re no different. My advice to you, please listen to the Arameans, listen to other Syrian Kurds, listen to the Syrian Kurds in Europe, listen to what the PKK has done to them. The PKK are Kurds, and what are they? We can get them to see you. We told them all about how they took the children by force. You are also a mother, I ask you, see and listen to mothers who have been waiting for their children for 1 year in Diyarbakir. They are also Kurdish mothers who are kissed on the hand. You mother you are. Why do you always support the PKK/YPG when you say Kurdish? What a sin other Kurds have. They are wronged, so listen to them. Let them tell us how the PKK is a terrorist organization. You are trying to teach Turkey a lesson, and we have answers to give. In European countries, a member of Daesh cannot freely say his statements, but he does when he is a PKK or a Fatah. This has nothing to do with the expression of freedom, it’s just a good example of the double standard within the West.”