Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called on President-elect Donald Trump to stop supporting the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria which comprises mostly of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“The world talks about Daesh (ISIS) but it does not fight it. It is only Turkey that fights against Daesh. The United States and others do nothing. They just supply the PYD with weapons,” said Yildirim on 3 January, in a weekly parliamentary address to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) members, as quoted by Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
“What we expect from the new administration is to bring an end to this shame,” Yildirim said, referring to Trump, who will take over from President Barack Obama on 20 January.
“We do not hold the new administration responsible for this situation, because it was the achievement of the Obama administration,” he added.
Despite Yildirim’s claims that Turkey is the only fighting force against ISIS, the Syrian Army continue to advance in Palmyra to retake the city from the terrorist group.