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Syria

Manbij ‘road map’ endorsed in Pompeo-Cavusoglu meeting

By Rudaw 4/6/2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R), greets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, before a meeting at the Department of State on June 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R), greets Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, before a meeting at the Department of State on June 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images / AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday to endorse a ‘road map’ for addressing US-Turkish tensions over the status of SDF-controlled Manbij, where the US maintains a military presence. 


“They considered the recommendations of the Turkey-US Working Group on Syria pertaining to the future of our bilateral cooperation in Syria on issues of mutual interest, to include taking steps to ensure the security and stability of Manbij,” reads a joint statement by Pompeo and Cavusoglu, published by the US State Department. 

“They endorsed a Road Map to this end and underlined their mutual commitment to its implementation, reflecting agreement to closely follow developments on the ground,” the statement adds.

Cavusoglu and Pompeo agreed to hold further meetings of the working group mechanism to resolve outstanding issues in the bilateral relationship, it said.

“An initial session of the Working Group on Judicial and Other Issues took place immediately after the meeting of the Minister and the Secretary,” the statement added. 

The two NATO allies have been at odds over the US-led anti-ISIS coalition’s support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), composed largely of Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.


The YPG were the primary partnered-ground force in the liberation of Manbij from ISIS in 2016.

 

“For our side, PKK/YPG and FETO are two major issues and we hope that our ally will stand with us on those issues,” Cavusoglu said later, while attended a program organized by Turkish Heritage Organization, Anadolu reports.

“I am very glad that we have achieved a significant progress. I can say that it was a very fruitful and successful meeting,” he added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to attack Manbij since Turkish forces directly entered the Syrian conflict in late August 2016. This has looked increasingly likely since Turkish forces seized neighboring Afrin in March. 

West of the Euphrates, Turkey would like to see a US withdrawal; however, Washington has invested in stabilization efforts there through the establishment of military and civil councils.

US President Donald Trump campaigned heavily on US troop withdrawals in places like Syria. Under his administration, Washington has called on regional players to play a greater role in resolving the Syrian conflict and fight against extremism.  


Last updated 9.21 P.M.

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FAUthman | 4/6/2018
This does not say very much, no more than "we promise to work together and talk further"!!
turkish feminist | 4/6/2018
is it true cavusoglu is armenian turk, convert armenian to turk?
Erdem | 5/6/2018
@FAUthman: You'd wish. YPG-Rojava's own site mentions that YPG military advisers are already leaving Manbij. Pompeo isn't a Kurd fan like you... @"Turkish" feminist: No, just your average anti-AKP garbage gossip you "feminist" Turks love so much. Not every Turkish politician you disagree with is an Armenian, like CHP/IYI supporters always say...
FAUthman | 5/6/2018
Turks would want to enter Manbij, US position however seems to be: "sorry not a good idea". The Arabs in Manbij dont want the Turks there. Turkey is occupying Arab and Kurdish lands in Syria and it is only a matter of time that Arabs and Kurds will rise to push the Turks out of Syria. Kurds say "we left Manbij a long time ago, we have only few advisers remaining there to help the MMC and we are pulling them out", smart move by Kurds. And that is the situation in Manbij! very interesting!!! US is cool and smart in dealing with the Manbij conundrum.
Tron | 28/6/2018
pompeo should wash his hands quikly and many times since he shook the devilshand.

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