U.S. told Turkey YPG militia would not stay on in Raqqa, Turkish PM says

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 19, 2017. Ali Balikci/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria’s Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official visit, Yildirim said a U.S. decision to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish militants in the fight against Islamic State in Syria would harm the relations between the two NATO allies.

He said the United States had assured Turkey the region’s demographics would not change as a result of this, a key concern for Ankara.

His comments were carried live on Turkish television.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan