President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his American counterpart Donald Trump discussed the ongoing Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria in a phone conversation on Wednesday, the Turkish presidency said.
Erdoğan and Trump exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria and Operation Olive Branch launched by Turkey on Saturday with a view to fighting off threats from PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorist organizations.
The phone conversation between the two leaders focused on the importance of bilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism, while Erdoğan stated that the goal of the operation was to clear Afrin off terrorist elements for Turkey's national security.
During the phone conversation, Erdoğan underlined that the military operation was in line with international law, and based on Turkey's legitimate right to defend itself under Article 51 of the UN Charter, as well as the UN Security Council resolutions regarding fight against terrorism.
Erdoğan also reiterated Ankara's request from Washington to stop providing arms to the PYD/YPG terrorists in Syria.
The leaders reaffirmed their determination to continue to cooperate and be in close contact regarding developments in Syria, as well as bilateral issues.