A Danish MPwhich was to go to Turkey for the presidential ones elections on May 14 as an observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, announced today that Ankara denied his presence because he had previously visited the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Arab-Kurdish coalition whose largest component is the Kurds of Syria.

Soren Søndergaard, a member of the socialist Red-Green Alliance, told Danish public broadcaster TV2 that Turkey accuses him of “promoting a terrorist organization”.

“It is absolutely true that I visited those who fought the Islamic State, the Syrian Democratic Forces,” he said, adding that he felt “proud” of it.

The SDF has been at the forefront of the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and has been supported by the US.

Sødergaard said the OSCE had lodged a formal protest with Ankara. “A country cannot choose the parliamentarians who will take on the role of observer. This casts a shadow on the Turkish elections, they are already showing that they want to control them,” he argued.