On January 25, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that it’s too early to discuss a US-proposed “security zone” in Syria because the trust between the countries is stiill not restored.
“We have experienced a loss of confidence. Until it is restored, until clear steps are taken to re-create it, I think it is wrong to discuss these topics [security zone]. We do not know what their intentions are, but first we need to eliminate the atmosphere of distrust,” Cavusoglu said following a proposal by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to establish a US-Turkish security zone in the Afrin area in northwestern Syria, according to Turkish media.
Cavusoglu discussed the situation in Syria with the US state secretary on the phone and called to cease the US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“The United States does not want to face Turkey in the north of Syria,” he said hinting to Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch.