Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan

Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan

Turkish Officials to Boycott Meetings with US Ambassador: Erdogan

-Turkish tensions have risen over USA military support for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, considered by Ankara to be an extension of the banned PKK, which has waged an insurgency for three decades in southeast Turkey.

"We do not see him (Bass) as the representative of the United States in Turkey", he said at a news conference with President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade.

He promised more Turkish investments, including a project to build a highway linking the Serbian and Bosnian capitals. "Our target is to double that number next year", Erdogan said in a video file posted on the website of Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Tuesday.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to Ukraine, held a meeting with Poroshenko and participated in the sixth meeting of the Turkey-Ukraine High Level Strategic Council, co-chaired by the two leaders.

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In response, the United States stopped issuing non- immigrant visas from its missions in Turkey, prompting Turkish missions in the USA to hit back with a tit-for-tat measure of their own.

The spat between the two countries was ignited by the recent arrest of Metin Topuz, a USA consulate worker in Istanbul who was accused of suspected links to Fethullah Gulen, who is a Pennsylvania-based cleric blacklisted by Ankara for orchestrating last year's failed coup in Turkey. Bass is at the end of his posting and is due to leave Turkey at the weekend.

Washington has dismissed claims it was involved as a ludicrous conspiracy theory and Gulen himself denies any link to the plot.

"Sandzak is one of the bridges that connect us", Erdogan said in a speech translated from Turkish into Serbian and aired on Serbian state TV.

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