Erdogan and Trump discuss establishment of safe zone in Northeastern Syria

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 14, 2019, 10:33:27 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARYPOLITICS Turkey

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On Monday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his United States counterpart Donald Trump discussed the establishment of a safe zone in Northeastern Syria.

During a telephone conversation between Erdogan and Trump, they discussed the establishment of a safe zone free from terrorism and the US decision to withdraw from Syria, according to the Anadolu news agency.

Erdogan said that Turkey has no problem with the Kurds, but the expected military operation aims to combat terrorism that threatens the national security of Turkey.

Erdogan expressed Turkey’s readiness to provide all forms of support to the US regarding its troops’ withdrawal from Syria.

Earlier on Monday, Trump said that they would establish a 20-mile safe zone and they do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey is not opposed to the US suggestion to establish a safe zone in Northeastern Syria.

On Monday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US’ proposal to establish a safe zone in Northeastern Syria aims to prevent Turkey from attacking Syria and to protect the Syrian Democratic Forces that fought the Islamic State.

The two parties agreed to raise the economic relations between them to the highest level.

On Monday, Trump threatened to devastate Turkey's economy if it attacks the Kurds in Syria. However, Turkey said that it does not fear US’ threats.

Turkey plans to launch a military attack against the Kurdish People's Protection Units, which is considered an extension to the "terrorist" PKK, according to Turkey. Last Friday, the Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar stated that Turkey is preparing for a counter-terrorism military operation in areas east of the Euphrates River, while the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had completed its preparations for a military operation.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Hasan Borhan | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Farah Nassif 🕔 Publication Date: January 14, 2019, 10:33:27 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARYPOLITICS Turkey
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