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Turkey voices concern over US support for Kurdish rebels in Syria

Politics - Turkish president on Friday expressed concern over the Washington support for the Kurdish rebels, including the YPG and PKK in Syria.

'We are extremely disturbed that the US continues to strengthen another terrorist organization in the region [even after] there was no Daesh threat and danger in the region,' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Tehran's trilateral summit on Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Erdogan said Idlib is not only important for Syria's political future, but also vital for Turkey's national security and regional peace and stability.

'We never want Idlib to turn into a blood bath. We expect you to support us in our efforts,' he added while addressing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the trilateral summit.

'Turkey is resolute to maintain its presence in Idlib until Syria's political, geographical and social integrity is ensured,' Erdogan said.

The president called for common stance against any kind of terrorism in Syria, including PYD/YPG that threatens Syria's territorial integrity.

Calling on the guarantor countries not to let a new wave of violence in Syria, Erdogan said he hoped the results of trilateral summit will contribute to peace in the country.

Erdogan added it is 'vital' to protect civilians in the region, separate terrorist elements and ensure current status of Idlib, the Turkish official Anadolu Agency reported.

'Turkey has 12 observation points in Idlib. Through this way, we take important responsibility for the continuation of tranquility in the region,' he said.

Noting that Turkey hosts 3.5 million refugees, he said: 'Idlib's population is now 3.5 million. We do not have power and facilities to host another 3.5 million.'

 

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