“It doesn’t mean that we gave up on our determination and operations we will launch against the YPG in the future,” Mevlut Çavuşoğlu told Turkish state broadcaster TRT News in an exclusive interview during his official visit to Malta.
Stating that the region needed stability as soon as possible, he noted that it was not possible unless the region is fully cleared of the YPG/PKK and ISIL militants.
“No country alone has neutralized over 4,000 Daesh [ISIL] terrorists like we [Turkey] did,” he noted, adding: “In the coming period, these kind of terror groups shouldn’t take shelter in Syria and Iraq. Turkey is determined in this matter.”
He added that they agreed with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo in a phone call to continue coordination.
On Dec. 19, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered all of the U.S. forces in Syria to withdraw from the country, saying ISIL’s defeat was his sole reason for being in the civil war-torn country.
The U.S. began its air campaign in Syria in 2014, deploying troops to the country to assist in the anti-ISIL fight alongside local partners the year after.
Reports have suggested U.S. forces will leave within 60 to 100 days.