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After the threat of Turkey .. Erdogan and Trump discuss the safe area in Syria and decide to meet in Washington

2019-10-07T02:16:11.878Z



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the safe area east of the Euphrates (northern Syria) and bilateral and regional affairs.

According to a statement by the Turkish presidency, Erdogan assured Trump that the establishment of a safe area is a condition to eliminate the threat of the PKK, which he described as a terrorist, and a condition to create conditions for the return of Syrian refugees to their country.

The Turkish president also stressed that his country has taken the necessary measures in order not to renew the threat of Islamic State in Syria.

Erdogan told Trump that he was "frustrated by the failure of the US military and security bureaucracy to implement the agreement" the two sides signed in August on a buffer zone on the Syrian border with Turkey. Turkey.

Turkey had hoped to hold a meeting between Trump and Erdogan on Syria on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last September, but this did not happen.

But the Turkish statement said the two leaders had agreed to meet in Washington in November.

The contact between Trump and Erdogan came a day after the Turkish president renewed his threats to launch an "air and ground" military operation in Syria against the YPG, which Ankara considers a "terrorist" organization.

Erdogan had previously warned that his country's patience was running out after Turkish and US officials reached an agreement on a safe area in northern Syria, but the deal has yet to be implemented. "We have made our preparations, have completed the operation plans and given the necessary instructions," the Turkish president said in a televised speech on Saturday, adding that the offensive could begin "as soon as today or tomorrow."

Within hours of this threat, the Kurdish autonomous administration in Syria demanded, in a statement, the international community with all its institutions to put pressure on Turkey to prevent it from carrying out any attack against the Kurdish-controlled areas.

The Turkish army launched two attacks in Syria: the first in 2016 against ISIS, and the second in 2018 against the YPG, during which it was able to take control of the Afrin region (northern Syria).

Zarif told Ankara that the only way to maintain its security is to stabilize Syrian forces in border areas with Turkey (European).

Iranian proposal
In a related context, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran had informed Ankara that the only way to maintain its security is the stability of Syrian forces in the border areas with Turkey.

Zarif said during a speech in the Iranian parliament that his country's position on the presence of Turkish troops in Syrian territory is clear, and that Iran is ready to cooperate with Damascus and Ankara to resolve differences on this issue.

Zarif vowed that his country would not allow Kurdish groups to use Syrian territory to achieve their goals.

He stressed that Iran continues to respect the sovereignty of States on its territory, and that it warned Turkey in Astana meetings that its decisions against the security of Syria and sovereignty is useless.

Source: aljazeera

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