Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara wanted to work with its allies to capture the Islamic State capital of Raqqa in Syria, but without the involvement of Syrian Kurdish militia.
But he made clear Turkey would not fight alongside Syrian Kurdish fighters, who are viewed by Ankara as “terrorists”.
President Erdogan said Turkey would never cooperate with PYD or YPG. He said that if Ankara reached an agreement with coalition forces, steps would be taken in Raqqa.
He said Turkey was also talking to Moscow because “our solidarity with Russia is also important.”