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Turkey’s president calls on the U.S. to stop supporting the Syrian YPG militia and Kurdish political forces in the region.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s address to the Turkish parliament on Tuesday comes just days before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to meet with leaders.

Turkey’s President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Erdogan issued a warning Tuesday to Greece, Cyprus and international companies exploring for gas in the eastern Mediterranean not to “step out of line” and encroach on Turkey’s rights. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

The diplomatic visit is expected to be difficult as both nations have competing interests in the future of Syria.

Erdogan says the continued financial and military support of the Kurds and the YPG will affect Turkey’s decision making on its military intrusion into Northern Syria.

“The decision to provide substantial financial support to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party by our ally, strategic partner the United States; will surely affect the decisions we took and we will take,” stated Erdogan.

The Turkish president also said those who stand with Kurdish political forces in the region may be met with aggressive action.



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