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Turkish jets kill 41 PKK militants in Iraq

30 March 2018

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years and has been responsible for the death of almost 40,000 people.

Turkey received no sign at the latest Turkey-EU summit in Bulgaria's Varna that the bloc will display "a fair attitude' toward Ankara, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday".

It brought together European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a working dinner to discuss "all aspects of current and future EU-Turkey relations".

Turkish state's media mouthpiece Yeni Şafak has suggested uniting with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint army to simultaneously attack Israel from all sides. The EU should support its member states.

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He warned against isolating Turkey. "The EU also stands ready to assist", Tusk said. He said that the European Union needs to lift mandatory short stay visas on Turkish nationals, and that the European Union has only doled out €1.8bn of the some €3bn promised to help refugees inside the country.

Since the July 2016 coup attempt, the "value gap" between Europe and Turkey has become too wide to be closed.

Unfortunately, the exchange of harsh messages between Turkish and European leaders previous year damaged relations considerably, turning domestic public opinion in European countries against Turkey.

"We don't have much tolerance", Mr Erdogan said.

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He appears to have maintained the sentiment, noting that the discussions were "frank", which is diplomatic code for disputatious.

Turkey has chose to increase its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and will soon open a new consulate in the country, according to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

The two sides may meet again in June to continue talks.

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Turkish jets kill 41 PKK militants in Iraq