Erdogan, Trump discuss setting up Syria safe zone

Politics | War / Terrorism 1/14/2019, 7:07 PM
Erdogan, Trump discuss setting up Syria safe zone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United States President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of establishing a terror-free safe zone in Syria's northern region in a telephone conversation on Monday, according to Turkish media reports.

Erdogan also stated during the conversation that Turkey welcomed Trump's decision to pull the United States out of Syria and that it would provide any support that is required. The Turkish leader further remarked that Turkey does not have any problems with Kurds but only seeks to combat terror groups that threaten its national security.

The United States recently started withdrawing its military personnel and hardware from Syria. Meanwhile, Turkey has been massing troops on its border with Syria in anticipation of a military operation east of the river Euphrates in Syria against the predominantly-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Trump warned Turkey on Sunday that it will suffer severe economic consequences if it attacks the Kurds in Syria.

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