US optimistic about agreement to protect Kurds in Syria

تحرير عبد الله الدرويش | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 13 يناير، 2019 11:28:41 ص خبر دوليسياسي الولايات المتحدة

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The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he is optimistic that an agreement can be reached to protect the Kurds in Syria while allowing Turkey to defend its border and citizens.

On Saturday, Pompeo told the reporters accompanying him on his Middle East tour that the US recognizes the Turkish people and president's right to defend their country against terrorists. Pompeo also said that the US knows that those who fought alongside it for all this time deserve to be protected as well, referring to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the AFP.

Pompeo said that he trusts an agreement to guarantee "both matters," adding, "Many details are still to be worked out but I'm optimistic that we can achieve a good outcome."

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu welcomed his counterpart Pompeo's statements regarding the US appreciation of the Turkish motives to protect its border, considering the US statement "a step in the right direction," according to the Turkish Anadolu News Agency.

Turkey plans to launch a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey considers an extension of the "terrorist" Kurdistan Workers' Party. A week earlier, the Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said that the Turkish Army has prepared the plans for a military operation in the area east of the Euphrates River. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey has completed its preparations for the operation.

The US and Turkish statements came as the US attempts to convince Turkey to abort its intended operation in Syria to protect the YPG before withdrawing from the area. The US has started to withdraw its military and logistics equipment from Syria.

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تحرير عبد الله الدرويش | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 13 يناير، 2019 11:28:41 ص خبر دوليسياسي الولايات المتحدة
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