Erdogan: Russia informs Turkey about withdrawal of Kurdish units

Erdogan: Russia informs Turkey about withdrawal of Kurdish units

Moscow has informed Ankara about the withdrawal of Kurdish units with heavy weaponry from Syria's north, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"Russia has conveyed to our relevant authorities that terrorist organizations have been fully taken out from (the border area)," Erdogan said in a speech at a celebration in Ankara marking the anniversary of the Turkish Republic.

He said Turkey’s talks with Russia would continue on October 30, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the YPG had completed their withdrawal ahead of the deadline, but a top aide to Erdogan said Turkey would now see through its planned joint patrols with Russia whether the militia had truly left.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier said Turkey will eliminate any remaining YPG fighters it sees in the "safe zone."

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