ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey showed the willingness of his country to actively join the international coalition led by the United States to eliminate the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.

“We emphasized our demand of establishing a no-fly zone, a safe zone, and providing the Syrian rebels with training and weapons, as well as launching military operations against the headquarters of the Syrian regime,” Erdogan told reporters on Sunday.

The Turkish President stressed that Turkey cannot participate in the operations of the international coalition without achieving these demands.

Regarding the intention of some countries to provide the Syrian Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) with weapons in the fight against IS militants, Erdogan said: “But the PYD (political leadership of the YPG in Syria) is a terrorist organization, similar to the PKK.”

“Therefore, it is not possible for us to provide any support to this group (YPG fighters),” he said.

“We should rather give a priority to the establishment of a safe zone to enables displaced Syrian families to return to their land,” the Turkish President said.


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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