Speaking at the Chatham House think tank in London, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the US had "lost its role as mediator in the Middle East peace process."
The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran are convening in Turkey for the first time as part of the latest talks regarding ceasefires and the future of Syria.
US President Donald Trump is considering the future of US military operations in Syria, saying any further role the US plays in the region could come at a cost.
The Free Syrian Army has announced that together with the Turkish military they have entered the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin as the YPG pulls out to regime-controlled areas south of the enclave.
Civilians greet and show hospitality to Turkish soldiers and the Free Syrian Army members after they cleared the YPG terror group from the Afrin town centre on Sunday.
Turkey's military and the allied Free Syrian Army receives warm welcome as they push YPG/PKK out of villages in Syria's Afrin region.
The talks come at a time of heavy diplomatic traffic regarding the Syrian war, including talks between the Astana trio, as well as Turkey and the US, regarding security and governance in northern Syria.
If Turkey wants to succeed in Afrin it will need to achieve its objectives before Russia is encouraged to make a deal with the YPG that can undermine, or effectively end, the operation.
The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army clear five more villages in Syria's northwestern enclave of Afrin from the PKK-linked YPG as part of Operation Olive Branch.
Afrin operation is against terrorist organisations who are targeting Syria’s unity and Turkey’s national security and the area is not included among the places which are referred in the UN Security Council decision, Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
National Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli regarding the gathering said no force could impede the result of Turkey’s ongoing fight against terrorism in Syria's Afrin.
There have been reports of a deal between the YPG and the Syrian regime on Afrin to stop Turkey’s operation. Russia opposes the plan unless the YPG hands over all its arms provided by the US. Iran supports the plan that its proxies control the city.
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