Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that a decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey’s decisions, ahead of a visit this week by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Erdogan made the comment in a speech to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament.
Hours after Ankara announced officials would meet soon to settle differences, Erdogan accused the U.S. consulate in Istanbul of hiding an individual with links to a network he blames for last year’s failed coup.
He also condemned U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria and separate U.S. court cases against a senior Turkish banker and the president’s own security guards, mocking what he said was Washington’s claim to be “the capital of democracy”.
Turkey’s relations with the United States and many Western countries have been strained since last year’s failed military coup against Erdogan, in which more than 240 people were killed.