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Turkish Foreign Minister: Ankara And Washington Are Close To Agreement On Northeastern Syria Safe Zone

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Turkish Foreign Minister: Ankara And Washington Are Close To Agreement On Northeastern Syria Safe Zone

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Turkey and the U.S. are getting closer to an agreement on the details of a proposed safe zone in northeast Syria along the Turkish border, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed on May 2.

“We are close to reaching an agreement with Washington on the safe zone in Syria … We want to establish a safe zone east of the Euphrates River after the withdrawal of the majority of U.S. forces from the country,” Cavusoglu said responding to a question at a news conference about Turkish talks this week with the U.S. special envoy for Syria, according to RT.

Regarding the recent phone call between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump, Cavusoglu said that all the joint issues where discussed during the call in “a positive atmosphere.” The minister added that Trump may visit Ankara next summer.

Northeastern Syria is controlled by a US-backed group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The group’s core is the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and even elements of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Due to this, Ankara views the group as a threat to its national security.

In an attempt to ensure Turkey’s concerns, the U.S. has been working to establish a safe zone in northeastern Syria in cooperation with other NATO countries. However, the plan didn’t please Ankara, whose defense minister insisted on several occasions that any safe zone in the region should be controlled by the Turkish military only.

The SDF will not likely hand over its positions along the border to the Turkish military. However, the U.S. may be planing to force both sides to share the control of the region. Such a solution would cement long-term U.S. military presence in Syria.

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  • AM Hants

    Why does the US believe they hold the sovereign rights of Syria?

    • roger temple

      They believe they hold sovereign rights everywhere. Period. Until they get a much-needed smack in the face it will continue. Maybe a simultaneous Yellowstone eruption, level 9+ earthquake along San Andreas fault, 3 top notch hurricanes, and Russia and China dumping all their Fed bonds. That might do the trick.

  • Xoli Xoli

    USA has no right to decide were there will be safe zone or not on a sovereign country territory.

  • Xoli Xoli

    USA has quite human rights Organizations no what does it want.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Yawn how many more times are we going to hear the same story.
    Foreign Minister Cavusoglu and President Erdogan are always saying that Turkey and the U.S. are getting closer to an agreement on the details of a proposed safe zone, but the US is always saying, no we’re not really close to an agreement at all.

  • RichardD

    The Jews have been trying to co opt the Turks for years as their Syrian partition partners to set up Kurdish Israelistan in NE Syria. So that they can use it to partition Turkey, advance the Yinon plan of perpetual regional war and turmoil, and replace the Turkish government with a Jew slave state.