Agencies (Qasioun) – The Turkish deputy Prime Minister «Nurettin Canikli» said on Wednesday Turkey hopes the United States will end its policy of supporting the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, adding that Ankara could not accept its NATO ally backing the group.
Canikli's comments are among the first official responses after U.S. officials said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to the YPG to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State.
Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe. The United States sees the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria.
"We cannot accept the presence of terrorist organizations that would threaten the future of the Turkish state," Canikli said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster A Haber. "We hope the U.S. administration will put a stop to this wrong and turn back from it. Such a policy will not be beneficial, you can't be in the same sack as terrorist organizations."
Moreover, The Turkish foreign minister «Mevlut Cavusoglu» said Wednesday that U.S is aware of the Turkish concerns on YPG, adding that the U.S. President Donald Trump and The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the issue during Erdogan's Washington visit next week.
He added "Every weapon obtained by YPG constitutes a threat to Turkey"
Erdogan has repeatedly castigated the United States for its support for the YPG, saying its NATO ally should support it fully in the fight against terrorism.
Source: Reuters, CNN Turk