Erdoğan: YPG terrorists have no role in future of Syria
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday ruled out the presence of YPG/PKK terrorists from any future solution to Syria where conflict persists.
Addressing a news conference prior to his departure to Russia, the Turkish president said: "YPG/PKK terrorists have no place in the future of Syria."
TURKEY, RUSSIA TO DISCUSS THE NEXT STEPS IN SYRIA OPERATION
Erdoğan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss the future of Syria. Moscow is one of the main stakeholders in the lingering Syrian conflict providing the Bashar al-Assad regime military support.
"Turkey and Russia agree on every point of the fight against terrorism," Erdoğan said. "We will discuss the steps to be taken to end the presence of PKK/PYD/YPG in areas where Syrian regime elements exist," he added.
He went on to say that Turkey's operation in northern Syria neutralized 775 YPG/PKK terrorists. Also, seven Turkish troops, 79 Turkey-backed Syrian National Army troops and 20 civilians were martyred.
The successful operation aimed at establishing peace in the region has cleared an area of 2,200 square kilometers of terrorists and 160 settlements, he added.