MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States should keep promises concerning the withdrawal of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party's (PYD) forces from northern Syria to the east bank of the Euphrates river, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday.
"We expect the coalition forces, especially the US, to keep the promises given to Turkey in this regard. This is the commitment of the United States to Turkey. We expect this commitment to be fulfilled as soon as possible," Isik was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.
The defense minister stressed that Turkey's main priority was the northern Syrian city of Manbij.
On Wednesday, the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) in cooperation with the Turkish armed forces captured several villages close to Manbij that were under control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the large part of which make the PYD forces.
The Turkish operation has been widely criticized both by the Syrian Kurds and Damascus, who have accused Ankara of violating Syria's territorial integrity.