Turkish FM: Trump decided to stop arming Kurdish militia

Story highlights The decision would cut the flow of weapons from the united states to the YPG

The YPG may be the Kurdish militia fighting with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces

(CNN) President Donald Trump told the Turkish President that he’ll end arming a Kurdish militia the Turkish government considers a terrorist corporation, Turkey’s international minister announced Friday.

The decision would cut the flow of weapons from the united states to the YPG, the Kurdish militia fighting with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, just half a year after Trump approved the plan over Turkey’s strenuous objections.

“Our discomfort about the provision of weapons to the YPG was conveyed to Mr. Trump once again,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu explained at a information conference Friday. “Trump very clearly said he had given instructions never to furnish weapons to the YPG.”

Cavusoglu added that Trump “repeated by the finish of the chat before they hung up that he ordered generals and national protection adviser (Lt. Gen. H.R.) McMaster not to give arms.”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the decision.

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