Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday that he wants to discuss the U.S. decision to arm the PKK-affiliate People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorists with heavy weaponry with President Donald Trump in his upcoming trip to the United States of America before departing to the People’s Republic of China from Ankara’s Esenboğa airport.
Speaking to journalists in a press conference before his trips to China and the U.S., President Erdoğan said the discussion will be more sensitive, taking into consideration that the U.S. is still undergoing a changing phase following its elections.
Erdoğan said that Turkey does not want to see the U.S. side with the YPG terror group, and added that a terror group cannot be wiped off with another terror group.
President Erdoğan also said that he will discuss the extradition of Fetullah Gülen, leader of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and mastermind of the failed July 15 coup attempt, adding that the U.S. should not become a hatching ground for FETÖ.
A week prior to President Erdoğan’s visit to the U.S., holdovers of the Barack Obama administration in the U.S. government rushed President Donald Trump to directly arm the PKK terrorist organization’s Syrian affiliate, the YPG, fearing that Erdoğan could personally convince Trump otherwise.