Turkey values the United States’ announcement that it has reviewed and maintained designation of the PKK as a “terrorist organization,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said in a statement on March 2.
“We value that the determination regarding the fight against the PKK has been emphasized in the statement of the U.S. Department of State. We expect from our ally the U.S. that they adopt the same stance against the PKK’s extensions PYD/YPG in the region,” Aksoy said in the statement.
“The United States maintains a strong commitment to our partnership with our NATO ally Turkey, including fighting PKK fundraising operations in Europe and elsewhere,” the department said in a statement.
In addition to notifying to the U.S. public and the international community that the PKKremains a terrorist organization by Washington, the State Department has also designated the PKK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist since 2001.
The U.S. has worked with Turkey to counter terrorist threats from the PKK, according the department. The designation helps U.S. agencies and governments in law enforcement activities in relation to the PKK and anyone deemed a member of the terrorist organization.