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Turkey Says U.S. Proposals On Syrian Safe Zone Are Not “Satisfactory”


Turkey Says U.S. Proposals On Syrian Safe Zone Are Not “Satisfactory”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. IMAGE: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on July 24 that Ankara is not satisfied with the recent U.S. proposals on the establishment of a safe zone in northeastern Syria.

“New U.S. proposals on a Syria safe zone are not at all satisfactory for Turkey,” Cavusoglu said at a press conference after meeting his Nicaraguan counterpart, Denis Moncada Colindres, according to the Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish minister also stressed that that Ankara and Washington need to reach an agreement on northeastern Syria safe zone, as soon as possible. He noted that Turkey has “run out of patience.”

A day earlier, the Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced that Turkish and U.S. military committees began new talks on northeastern Syrian safe zone in Ankara. The ministry said that the talks will last for several days.

Turkey’s border with northeastern Syria witnessed an unusual escalation recently. The Turkish military stuck on July 23 several positions of US-backed Kurdish forces in response to a mortar attack on the southern Turkish city of Sanlıurfa.

During the last two years, the U.S. and Turkey held several talks on the future of northeastern Syria. All the talks ended up with a failure. Cavusoglu’s statement indicates that the new talks are heading towards a similar end.

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