Turkish PM says expects new US administration to stop giving weapons to YPG militia

Ankara has been angered by Washington's support for the Kurdish YPG militia


Reuters January 03, 2017
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: Turkey's prime minister said on Tuesday he expected the new US administration to halt supplying weapons to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, saying the administration of President Barack Obama was responsible for such weapon supply.

US is 'strategic partner, not our enemy': Turkish PM

"The United States should not allow this strategic partnership (with Turkey) to be overshadowed by a terrorist organisation," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in speech to ruling AK Party lawmakers at the parliament.

Ankara has been angered by Washington's support for the Kurdish YPG militia, which has emerged as a key partner for the United States in fighting Islamic State in Syria.

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