Cavusoglu: every weapon seized by Syrian Kurds is threat to Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the US decision to arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters with President Donald Trump at their meeting in May, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu said the United States should distinguish between the YPG and their Arab allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, and that the Arabs should be the ones to enter Raqqa.
"Both the PKK and the YPG are terrorist organizations and they are no different, apart from their names. Every weapon seized by them is a threat to Turkey," Cavusoglu said, in comments that were broadcast live by TRT Haber.
"Within the SDF, Arabs and the YPG should be distinguished and Arab forces should be the ones entering Raqqa," Reuters cited him as saying.
U.S. officials said that President Donald Trump has approved supplying arms to the YPG to support an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS.