Rising tensions over Syria is expected to top the agenda of talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The meeting, expected to take place Wednesday evening on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, comes as Ankara is threatening to move further into Syria to attack Kurdish militia forces. The YPG is a critical American ally and Ankara designates the group a terrorist organization linked to an insurgency inside Turkey.
Turkish forces are massing on the Syrian frontier, facing off against the YPG.
"All of our preparations have been completed along the border," Erdogan said Saturday before leaving for New York. "We have no wish to come face-to-face with the U.S. However, we cannot afford to overlook the support that the U.S. is giving to a terrorist organization."
On Sunday, Trump and Erdogan spoke by telephone on what was described as security matters. Neither side gave further details on what was discussed.
The YPG is a crucial ally in Washington's war against the Islamic State. In the face of strong opposition by Ankara, U.S. military officials last week confirmed the ongoing arming of the militia in its fight against the Islamic State.
Source : VOA