- USA: Trump: In Syria "there is a lot of sand to play with it"
That the surreal letter of the American president was not going to be welcomed by the Turks, he knew until the concierge of the Bestepe palace. This Thursday, a senior Turkish official has confirmed to the Middle East Eye the fate of the letter: "We just throw it away." As can be concluded by the date of the letter, Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not even wait for the night to launch the Peace Spring operation. That day, literally, Trump had lunch with the tanks invading Syria.
"Don't be a tough guy, don't be silly!", Donald Trump appeals to the top Turkish president, in a message that, according to experts in the field, not only lacks the formalities of this type of correspondence, but also the minimum decorum "Let's work on a good agreement! You don't want to be responsible for the killing of thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy - and I will be," writes the US President, in such a repetitive threat that It sounds like cackling.
Further, Trump proposed, in his letter, an agreement with the Kurdosirian authority. "General Mazloum is willing to talk to you, and is willing to make concessions that they would not have made in the past," the president promises, referring to a high military position in the Ankara peephole for his connections with the Kurdoturk PKK guerrilla. " History will see you favorably if you do things in the right and humane way, " says Trump.
The leak of the letter, published Wednesday on FOX, could not come at a worse time. After an initial hesitation over Washington's harsh criticism and threats, Erdogan plans to meet Thursday with US Vice President Mike Pence, who arrived an day earlier in Ankara. " The Turkish nation and the State were offended in the person of the President . Unless they apologize, the dialogue scheduled for tomorrow with the US should be canceled," former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tweeted.
Trump's envoy and the Turkish president are expected to address the situation in northern Syria, where the Turkish army offensive, supported by Syrian brigades on the ground, has already caused more than 300,000 displaced people , according to the Syrian Observatory for Rights Humans. This Thursday morning it has been confirmed that a detachment of Kurdish militiamen has been surrounded by attacking forces in the border town of Ras al Ain. The dead are counted by tens.
In a rare gesture, 129 members of the Republican Party joined the Democratic front to formally denounce the situation in that region. The honorable members approved, by overwhelming majority, a resolution urging Erdogan to stop his military operation. In spite of everything, what Pence will say to Erdogan is still a mystery. Especially after, in another unexpected script turn, Trump reneged on his ally for five years with more explosive phrases.
In an intervention, the White House tenant reaffirmed that the US should not interfere in the Turkish attack on Syria because "it is not our border," while he added, the Kurdish forces "are not exactly angels." "Now, the PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse in terrorism and a terrorist threat greater than the Islamic State in many respects," said the US President, aligning with the thesis of Turkey.
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