European Union urges Turkey to show restraint in Syria military offensive

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An indication of the tense situation is also the fact that the authorities in Ankara have chose to rename the highway that passes in front of the US Embassy to the "Olive Branch", as is the name of the Turkish army's operation in Afrin.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday (Friday in Manila) held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, seeking to ease tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that reached new heights over Ankara's ongoing operation inside Syria. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month accused Washington of sending in 5,000 truckloads of weapons to the YPG in Syria, as well as 2,000 planeloads of arms.

Turkey's anti-terrorist Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin is the main topic of the negotiations. However, Turkey views the Syrian-Kurdish People's Protection Units, or the YPG, as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) of south-west Turkey, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by Ankara as well as by the USA and EU.

The US-Turkey ties have been strained by a series of events since the failed coup to topple Erdogan in 2016 which was blamed on the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in exile in the US.

He added that Turkey and the United States had to solve the tensions surrounding the Kurdish militia-held Syrian town of Manbij - which Ankara has threatened to attack - as a "priority".

"We're going to act together from this point forward".

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In addition to Syria, those included Ankara's complaints against a US -based Turkish cleric whom Erdogan accuses of fomenting a failed 2016 coup, USA concerns about the state of Turkey's democracy and opposition to Turkey's planned purchase of a Russian air defence system.

'We have never given heavy arms to the YPG so there is none to take back, ' Tillerson said in response to a question at a press conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut before heading for Ankara. Turkey sees the YPG as terrorists and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil. He said joint working groups would take up specific issues including troop deployments to address Turkish border security concerns before the middle of March.

Tillerson has stated that the United States "will continue to train local security forces, taking care however, not to pose a threat to neighbouring countries".

The salvo was dismissed by US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, who said, "We're used to that kind of rhetoric, whether it's from the Turkish government or from other governments... we don't get too riled about that".

"We demanded this structure be removed from the SDF", he said.

The Pentagon announced in November it was "taking a look" at ending armed support for the YPG under pressure from Turkish diplomats.