ANKARA Turkey hopes the United States will close its coverage of supporting the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Deputy Primary Minister Nurettin Canikli explained on Wednesday, adding that Ankara could not take its NATO ally backing the team.
Canikli’s remarks are amongst the initially formal responses just after U.S. officers explained on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has permitted supplying arms to the YPG to help an procedure to retake the Syrian town of Raqqa from Islamic State.
Ankara sights the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Bash (PKK), regarded as a terrorist team by the United States, Turkey and Europe. The United States sees the YPG as a valuable associate in the struggle against Islamic State in northern Syria.
“We cannot take the presence of terrorist businesses that would threaten the upcoming of the Turkish condition,” Canikli explained in an job interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber. “We hope the U.S. administration will set a quit to this mistaken and transform back from it. These kinds of a coverage will not be effective, you are not able to be in the same sack as terrorist businesses.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is predicted to satisfy Trump in Washington following 7 days. Erdogan has repeatedly castigated the United States for its help for the YPG, saying its NATO ally ought to help it fully in the struggle against terrorism.
The Pentagon has sought to tension that it observed arming the Kurdish forces as vital to be certain a victory in Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto funds in Syria and a hub for organizing the group’s assaults against the West.
Ankara had lengthy argued that Washington ought to switch help for the prepared assault on Raqqa from the Kurdish YPG militia to Syrian rebels Turkey has experienced and led against Islamic State for the earlier year.
But the U.S. administration has been skeptical that the Turkish-backed power was large plenty of or sufficiently experienced.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Tuvan Gumrukcu Composing David Dolan Modifying by Daren Butler)