President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone call late Wednesday with his U.S. counterpart Donald J. Trump to discuss Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin, which was launched against YPG and Daesh terrorists.
In the phone call, Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s determination to clear its southern border of all terrorists.
Erdoğan also underlined that the operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its right to self-defense under the U.N. charter and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity, sources said.
The Turkish president also told Trump that the U.S. must stop aiding terrorists in the region and do this as soon as possible.
Official sources also said that the White House readout does not reflect the nature of the call. Sources added that Trump told Erdoğan the U.S. is not supplying any weaponry to the YPG at the moment, and will not supply from now on. Denying the readout which alleged the U.S. President expressed concerns about “destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey,” sources stated that Trump did not utter the words, but expressed discomfort over criticisms directed at the U.S.