Erdogan says ‘not a good start’ with Biden, slams aid to ‘terrorists’ Sep 24, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has not had a good start to relations with US President Joe Biden, accusing the US of sending arms to “terrorist” groups in Syria.“I worked well with Bush Junior, Mr Obama, Mr Trump but I can’t say we had a good start with Mr Biden,” Erdogan told reporters in New York, according to Turkish state news agency Anadolu.Erdogan is in the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and has not met Biden there.The Turkish president alleged the US “has started carrying weapons, ammunition and equipment to terrorist organizations (in Syria).” Erdogan was referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a militia group designated by the Turkish government as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.The YPG has been instrumental for the US and allied forces in fighting Islamic State in Syria.Angry at Washington’s cooperation with YPG, whom it sees as a national threat, Ankara has captured towns along the Syrian border from the group in three major military operations since 2016.US-Turkey ties were further strained by the latter’s purchase of Russian-made air defence systems.Erdogan, however, says Ankara hopes to have “friendly” ties with the US given it is a NATO ally. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Malaysia reports record tourism decline since pandemic started Sep 24, 2021 0 0 62 children died this year in Syrian camp al-Hol: Charity Sep 24, 2021 0 0 US Senate passes $1.9 tn COVID-19 economic relief bill Sep 24, 2021 0 0 Bomb targets girls’ school in Pakistan in first attack in years dpa Islamabad A school for girls was blown up in north-western Pakistan in the first bombing targeting female education in several years, weeks after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The bomb went off late on .. Turkish students protest rent hikes Istanbul: Several university students in Turkey have been camping in city parks to protest what they call extraordinary rent hikes in neighbourhoods near their campuses, drawing the government’s ire for their .. Vietnam protests China sending biggest warplane to disputed islands dpa Hanoi Vietnam on Thursday protested China sending its biggest warplane to disputed islands in the South China Sea in a move that Hanoi describes as seriously infringing on its maritime sovereignty and violating .. Taiwan files application to join 11-nation Pacific trading group dpa Taipei Taiwan has sent an application to join the global trading group known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Thursday. .. Teachers sans ‘green pass’ in Israel to be given leave without pay dpa Tel Aviv Teachers in Israel without the so-called green pass who also do not want to be tested for the coronavirus will be stopped from teaching from October 3. The green pass is available for those who have been ..