Aug 03, 2020 15:35 UTC
  • Turkey says oil deal between SDF, US firm amounts to ‘financing of terrorism’

Turkey has denounced a deal recently signed between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and an American company aimed at stealing oil in northeastern Syria, describing it as equivalent to ‘financing of terrorism’.

“We regret the US support for this step that ignores international law and that targets Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

It considered the deal to be “the financing of terrorism” and “unacceptable.”

According to Press TV, the Foreign Ministry accused the Syrian Kurdish militants of advancing the SDF’s “separatist agenda by confiscating, with this step, Syrian people’s natural resources.”

“Syria’s natural resources belong to Syrian people,” the Turkish statement added.

The Syrian government on Sunday also condemned the agreement, which Turkey has also described as “unacceptable.”

Damascus says the deal is “an affront to national sovereignty” that amounts to “theft.”

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed Washington for hindering the Syrian government’s efforts for rebuilding what has been destroyed by the foreign-led terrorism, which is “mostly backed by the US administration itself.”

Al-Monitor, citing unnamed sources, also named the company in a report on Thursday as Delta Crescent Energy LLC, a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware, without giving further details.