Turkish PM vows “cross-border operations” if US assurance not given
Turkey will not hesitate to launch cross-border military operations against “terror organization” if necessary assurances are not given by the U.S., Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said ahead of a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The meeting between the two presidents was held late Tuesday, May 16, in the White House.

 “If necessary assurances are not given, what we’ll do is very clear. We are determined and we will do what’s necessary in order to clean terror, whether it is within our borders or outside our borders,” the premier told his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group on the same day, Hurriyet daily reported.

Referring to U.S. cooperation with the People’s Protection units (YPG) as a local partner on the ground in the bid to drive the Islamic State (IS) out of Raqqa, he also reiterated Ankara’s line that “cooperation with one terrorist organization in order to defeat another terrorist organization is unacceptable.”

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15946  |  Date: 2017/05/17  |  Time: 10 : 52

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