May 12, 2017 / 1:19 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. told Turkey YPG militia would not stay on in Raqqa, Turkish PM says

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks during the opening ceremony of IDEFÕ17, the 13th International Defence Industry Fair, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 9, 2017.Murad Sezer

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria's Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official visit, Yildirim said a U.S. decision to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish militants in the fight against Islamic State in Syria would harm the relations between the two NATO allies.

He said the United States had assured Turkey the region's demographics would not change as a result of this, a key concern for Ankara.

His comments were carried live on Turkish television.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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