Turkey won’t make concessions regarding Syria’s Manbij — PM

ISTANBUL, Turkish Prime Minister Benali Yildirim said on Thursday that his country would not make concessions concerning Syria’s Manbij city or areas in eastern or western the Euphrates as long as there is a terrorist threat there.

Speaking at a news conference in Ankara prior to his departure to Magnolia, he said that US and French forces exist in the city.

He added that Arabs constitute 90 percent of the city’s total population, but unfortunately, they are being treated, as he said, as slaves and forced out of the city.

He noted that Turkey wants to help Manbij’s population live in their areas and determine their destiny, stressing that his country will continue combating terrorists.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said earlier in the day that the “Operation Olive Branch” will continue until the whole area is cleared of the militants. Ankara has asked Washington to drive Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Democratic Union Party from the city.

Source: Kuwait News Agency