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Donald Trump and Kurdish fighterGETTYTurkey has claimed pledged to stop supplying weapons to the YPG

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the pledge was made in a phone call between and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Cavusoglu said: “President instructed [his generals] in a very open way that the YPG will no longer be given weapons.”

Erdogan’s regime has branded the YPG militia, which has links to Kurdish rebels in Turkey, terrorists.

Turkey has long complained about the US backing of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia.

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Mr Cavusoglu said: “Our discomfort regarding the provision of weapons to the YPG was conveyed to Mr once again… very clearly said he had given instructions to not provide weapons to the YPG.

“We welcome the promise of not providing weapons to the YPG, and want to see it implemented practically.”

The US has seen the YPG as a key part of its strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria.

very clearly said he had given instructions

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

The White House claimed that although and Erdogan did not name the YPG specifically but did discuss “adjustments” to the US’ support for partners in Syria.

The YPG are seen as an extension of the Kurdish Workers Party which is outlawed and has been battling for years within its own borders.

The two leaders also discussed possible future weapons sales to Turkey from the US.

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