Turkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG

'Mr. Trump understood what is important for Turkey,' Binali Yildirim tells BBC World

Turkish PM: Trump says wrong to provide arms to YPG

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.S. President Donald Trump recently told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in clear terms that it was "wrong" to supply weapons to the PKK/YPG, the Turkish prime minister has confirmed.

Binali Yildirim's comments came during an interview with BBC World.

"Mr. Trump understood what is important for Turkey," Yildirim said, in reference to Trump's pledge to Erdogan in a Friday phone call on ending the supply of arms to the terrorist PKK/PYD and PKK/YPG in Syria.

"They [the U.S.] said this [cooperation with YPG or PYD] is not a choice. This is a necessity… Ok. We understand, although we do not accept. It is a temporary relation. Now, it is time to finish because ISIL is already defeated," the premier said.

"So, President Trump said it is wrong to provide weapons. This is clearly mentioned."

Stating that Turkish policy on fighting against ISIL had been quite "clear" since the beginning, Yildirim said it was important to "choose the right partner" to fight ISIL.

"You are not able to fight a terror organization using another terror organization," he added.

The U.S. later said it is "reviewing pending adjustments to the military support provided to our Kurdish partners in as much as the military requirements of our defeat-ISIS and stabilization efforts will allow to prevent ISIS from returning," referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, another name for ISIL.

"We have always been clear with Turkey that the weapons provided to the SDF, to include its Kurdish elements, would be limited, mission-specific and provided incrementally to achieve military objectives," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Anadolu Agency. He said the U.S. would "continue our partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces to complete the military defeat of ISIS".

At the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said even though a complete defeat of ISIL is in sight, "that doesn’t mean stopping all support of those individual groups".

"Once we started winning the campaign against ISIS, the plan and part of the process is to always wind down support for certain groups," she said. "Now that we're continuing to crush the physical caliphate, we're in a position to stop providing military equipment to certain groups."

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