On May 25, the US Embassy in Turkey announced in an official statement that the Turkish-US working group on Syria met in the Turkish capital of Ankara and outlined the main contours of a road map for “cooperation in ensuring security and stability” in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, that’s held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are set to meet on June 4 to discuss the recommendations of the Turkish-US working group, according the US Embassy in Turkey.
The recommendations of the Turkish-US Working Group were not revealed. However, local observers believe that Turkey and the US will work on strengthen the influence of the SDF’s Arab elements in Manbij.
During the last few months, the Manbij crisis caused a great tension between Turkey and the US. Top Turkish officials, including the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even threatened to attack the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the US-backed forces in Manbij on several occasions.
Turkey is expected to shift its attention towards the northern governorate of Idlib that’s controlled by the former branch of al-Qaeda Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), if Cavusoglu and Pompeo manged to reach an agreement over Manbij.