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Ties between Ankara and Washington are also at a low ebb, and Erdogan said separately on Monday he would resist USA efforts to impose sanctions over the trial of a Christian pastor detained for two years in Turkey over alleged links to coup supporters. He has denied the charges and Washington has demanded his immediate release.
"Our goal is to completely clear Sinjar and Mount Qandil of the separatist terrorist organisation [referring to PKK]", Erdogan said during his speech at the opening of Turkish Parliament's second legislative session in the capital Ankara.
Brunson's detention and subsequent house arrest has incensed US President Donald Trump, who doubled tariffs on aluminium and steel imported from Turkey after talks to instigate the pastor's release broke down.
Erdogan, seeking worldwide allies as he spars with US President Donald Trump and a struggling lira, likewise struck a conciliatory tone. Last month the main prosecutor in his trial was replaced, a move which his lawyer cautiously welcomed, saying it might be a sign of changing political will.
"We can say that we started to make progress towards reaching a common understanding (with the United States), although it is not at the desired level", he said.
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Brunson, an evangelical who runs a small evangelical Protestant church in Izmir, is the centre of a bitter standoff between the Turkey and the United States.
The Turkish lira has lost almost 40 per cent of its value against the dollar this year.
Erdogan has announced that the withdrawal of radical groups had already started.
"We will continue to protect our citizens, wherever they may be", - said Erdogan.
Dispensing with the usual diplomatic pleasantries, Mr Steinmeier expressed concern over Germans, union activists, lawyers, journalists and politicians jailed in Turkey, telling Mr Erdogan: "We can not simply gloss over this issue".