Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at investors over tumbling lira

Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at investors over tumbling lira

Turkey's Erdogan lashes out at investors over tumbling lira

Turkey is "very uncomfortable" with some countries that have turned Syria into an "arm wrestling" arena, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Both the presidents spoke "to discuss the current crisis in Syria", it said.

According to an unnamed source close to the Turkish presidency, told AFP news agency that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his US counterpart Donald Trump spoke of the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation on Wednesday night.

His comments came after the lira plumbed record lows for five straight trading days, a sell-off that Erdogan and his ministers called an economic attack by outside forces. "The two leaders agreed to stay in close contact about the situation", the White House said, providing no further details.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is anxious by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country.

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Yet Turkey has also worked closely in the last months with Russian Federation and Assad's other main ally Iran in a bid to bring peace to Syria.

The local civil defense agency blames the Bashar al-Assad regime forces for the attack.

Without naming the countries, he appeared to lash out both at Russian Federation for backing Assad and the United States for helping the Syrian Kurdish group the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey considers a terror group. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

Erdogan said YPG/PKK terrorists would be eliminated "one by one", adding: "We will continue our presence and activities in Syrian territories until they become safe for everyone".

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed terror campaign.

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