10:02 GMT26 January 2021
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    Ankara has repeatedly called on Washington to stop arms supplies to the Syrian Kurds, who have been fighting Daesh in the war-torn country.

    "We've been saying from the very beginning that the US is making a mistake by cooperating with the YPG affiliated with the PKK in the fight against Daesh. Our friend and ally [the US] has reiterated that it was a necessity. Now, when Daesh has been defeated, such a necessity disappears. We expect that the US will stop arms supplies to the YPG and restore ties with its true allies in the region," Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said before his flight to the UK.

    The statement comes amid an announcement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier this week that Donald Trump reassured his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he had ordered to cease supplies of US armaments to the Syrian Kurds.

    The White House has confirmed the announcement, saying it was "consistent with our previous policy."

    READ MORE: Trump Tells Erdogan He Ordered to Stop Arms Supplies to Syrian Kurds — Ankara

    The following day Cavusoglu stated that "it is our most natural right to expect Trump to keep his promise."

    In late October, Nuri Mahmud, an official representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) refused to reveal the scale of the arms provided by the US, only noting that "it is relatively humble and not enough in comparison with the weaponry it supplied to the Iraqi Army for the liberation of Mosul."

    Ankara considers the YPG, which has been fighting against Daesh mostly as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) that is listed as a terrorist group in Turkey.


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