Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday gave the most direct indication of a military offensive since Ankara and Washington decided to establish a "safe zone" in the region.
Turkey also reiterated its call on the US to stop providing aid for PKK/YPG/PYD terror group, especially arms and ammunition support, the ministry’s said.
Turkey's president reiterates need to expedite work on Syria safe zone and draws attention to Israel's continuing violation of Palestinians' basic rights.
A peace corridor on the Turkish-Syria border can help resettle some 3 million Syrians from Turkey, Europe and other countries if it is extended to the Deir Ezzor-Raqqa line, President Erdogan told the UN General Assembly delegates.
President Erdogan said up to 3 million Syrians in Turkey and Europe can be resettled in northern Syria safe zone if established.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to Reuters also said that it is “not rational” for US to hurt ally Turkey on sanctions, Syria “safe zone.”
President Erdogan says that Turkey and the US are discussing a safe zone in northern Syria but with every step taken it is seen that what Turkey wants does not match with what is in the mind of the US.
Turkey and the US reached an agreement last month for a planned safe zone in northern Syria for displaced Syrian refugees.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announces the date of joint land patrols in northeastern Syria, a region mainly controlled by the PKK terror group's Syria affiliate, the YPG.
Ankara has completed its preparations for Turkey-US joint operational plan in Syria, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin tells US National Security Advisor John Bolton.
A joint Turkish-US operation centre to establish and manage a safe zone in northern Syria is fully operational, Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said.
Turkey's defence chief, high-level commanders visit Sanliurfa to inspect troops preparing to set up joint operations centre.
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