The US State Department has said it will keep the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) tagged as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
A statement on Friday said “The Department of State has reviewed and maintained the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1189). The PKK was originally designated as an FTO in 1997.”
Moreover, it indicated that Washington is still committed to its partnership with Ankara, including its fight against the PKK and encountering the Kurdish party’s fundraising operations in Europe and elsewhere.
“Today’s actions notify the US public and the international community that the PKK remains a terrorist organization. In addition to its continued status as an FTO, the PKK has also been designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 since 2001,” it added.