Turkey’s president says his nation “can not neglect” the harshly worded letter from U.S. President Donald Trump concerning the Turkish navy offensive into Syria.
However he says the mutual “love and respect” between the 2 leaders prevents him from preserving it on Turkey’s agenda.
Turkey agrees to so-called ceasefire in northern Syria
These are Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first feedback regarding the Oct. 9 letter from Trump, wherein amongst different issues he warned Erdogan to not be a “robust man.”
Talking to overseas journalists in Istanbul on Friday, Erdogan stated that Turkey would “do what’s crucial” regarding the letter “when the time comes.” He didn’t elaborate.
Erdogan stated: “President Trump’s letter, which didn’t go hand in hand with political and diplomatic courtesy, has appeared within the media. After all we haven’t forgotten it. It will not be proper for us to neglect it.”
Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters launched their offensive towards Kurdish militias in Syria per week in the past. That got here two days after Trump out of the blue introduced he was withdrawing American troops from the border space.
Erdogan says Turkey will resume its offensive in northeast Syria “in a extra decided approach” if Syrian Kurdish fighters don’t pull out from areas of northeast Syria on the finish of the five-day cease-fire.
Turkish overseas minister says it’s going to pause Syrian offensive, says it’s not a ceasefire
Erdogan reiterated on Friday that Turkey would haven’t any downside with Syrian authorities forces controlling some areas alongside Turkey’s border, so long as these areas are cleared of Syrian Kurdish fighters, that Turkey considers as terrorists because of their hyperlinks to outlawed Kurdish militants in Turkey.
Erdogan stated: “If the USA is ready to hold the guarantees it gave us by Tuesday evening, on the finish of the 120-hour interval, the difficulty of a secure zone can have been resolved. But when this promise isn’t saved, with out exception, the minute the 120 hours finish, our Operation Peace Spring will resume from the place it left off in an much more decided approach.”
Erdogan stated Turkey’s nine-day lengthy offensive has resulted within the dying of 4 troopers and 74 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters. He claimed that the Turkish forces had “neutralized” round 750 Syrian Kurdish fighters.
The Turkish chief stated Turkey and allied Syrian opposition forces captured some 65 settlements, together with the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al Ayn.
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