The US wants to continue its operations in Syrian airspace even after the formal withdrawal of troops from the war-torn country, according to Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.
“Last week, the US delegation led by [National Security Advisor John] Bolton conveyed to us an unofficial five-point document in which the United States confirms the withdrawal of its troops from Syria, the determination to continue the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group and Washington’s intention to maintain its presence in Syrian airspace as part of the coalition,” Kalin told media on January 15.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the US and Turkey had reached a “historic understanding” with US President Donadl Trump during a phone talk on the situation in northern Syria. He added that Ankara is going to set up a 32-km buffer zone in the area thus resolving the dispute between Washington and Ankara over the US support to Kurdish armed groups in this part of the country.
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