Ankara has welcomed a U.S. statement that the country is not currently providing arms to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military force protecting the northern Syrian region of Rojava.

“We have gladly noted [the U.S. statement],” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said following a statement by Col. Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We previously conveyed our concerns,” Bilgiç told reporters Nov. 5 adding that they would “resolutely follow how this will be implemented in the field.”