Turkey slams U.S. for joint patrolling with YPG on Syria border

Turkey slams U.S. for joint patrolling with YPG on Syria border

ANKARA
Turkey slams U.S. for joint patrolling with YPG on Syria border

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the United States for holding joint military patrolling with the YPG along the Turkish border in northern Syria, expressing his belief that Washington will soon correct this mistake.

“This is not an acceptable thing. This can cause serious negative developments on the order. I believe Mr. Trump will stop this,” Erdoğan told reporters at the Parliament on Nov 6.

Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet in Paris on the occasion of the Peace Forum.

The U.S. troops in the east of Syria launched a joint patrol mission with the YPG on the Turkish border after the Turkish army hit the YPG positions in east of Euphrates. Turkey considers the YPG as the offshoot of the PKK and therefore as terrorist.

The U.S. has allied with the YPG despite its NATO ally concerns, suggesting the group as the best local force to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria.

Erdoğan also said Nov. 6 that he "doesn't find the U.S. sanctions against Iran right."

"These sanctions aim to destroy balance in the world, we don't want to live in an imperialist world," he said.

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, YPG, PKK