January 24, 2018 / 8:06 PM / 2 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan calls on Trump to halt U.S. arms support for Syrian Kurdish militia

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan told President Donald Trump the United States must halt weapons support to the Kurdish YPG militia as they discussed by telephone on Wednesday Ankara’s operation against the group in Syria’s Afrin, Erdogan’s office said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey January 24, 2018. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

The operation, launched at the weekend, aimed to “purge terrorist elements” from Afrin for Turkey’s national security and was conducted on the basis of international law, the statement from the Turkish president’s office said.

Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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