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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria ‘safe zone’ in phone call

By Rudaw 14/1/2019
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump, the presidents of Turkey and the United States, respectively. File photo: AA
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump, the presidents of Turkey and the United States, respectively. File photo: AA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Just hours after Donald Trump threatened to “devastate” Turkey economically if it attacks Syria’s Kurds, the US president held a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

“Erdogan welcomed his counterpart’s withdrawal decision from Syria and reminded him that as a NATO ally Turkey is ready to provide the US with any sort of support,” according to a statement from the Turkish president’s office. 

They also discussed the idea of establishing a safe zone in northern Syria which might placate Turkey’s security concerns, the statement added.

Erdogan told Trump “Turkey has no problem with Kurds, but with terrorist organizations like Daesh (ISIS) and PKK who threaten national security,” it said. 

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “The President expressed the desire to work together to address Turkey’s security concerns in northeast Syria while stressing the importance to the United States that Turkey does not mistreat the Kurds,” Reuters reports.  


Trump announced in December he would soon withdraw the 2,000 US troops stationed in northern Syria. America’s Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS fear Ankara will invade after the US departs. 

Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to attack the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates. Ankara considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for greater cultural and political rights for Kurds in Turkey. 

Trump's threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy earlier on Monday outraged Erdogan. 



This is a developing story… Last updated 9.44 pm

Comments

 
DDT | 14/1/2019
Fanatic and racist Turkey is waging ethnic cleansing since its invasion of the Kurdish city of Afrin.It is trying to do same in every part of Kurdistan .It uses the PKK as pretext for its genocidal war on Kurds. In fact the PKK is helping Turkey to exterminate the Kurds everywhere.PKK is the secret Turkish army designed to devastate Kurdish civilian population.
Leon | 15/1/2019
Let’s not forget this scumbag Erdogan is the same Erdogan claiming Kurds are terrorists. ““The name changes by the terrorist group in Manbij cannot hide the truth. They keep saying [YPG] is not terrorist; that SDF is not made up of Kurds but Arabs. We know the Arabs well, but we know terrorist Kurds as well,” Erdogan told a televised summit for national defense attended by generals at his Ankara palace.” http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/715ea72b-8a2e-4c4e-bc0e-543bbda9dfcc ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday made controversial remarks about birth rates in Turkey in which he urged who he called "Muslim" women to deliver more babies because "the terrorists" were bearing at least "10 to 15 children." Erdogan's comments drew criticism from the opposition lawmakers who said, given the annual fertility rates per province, his words were targeting the Kurds and not the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which bars its fighters from any sexual or marital relations. http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/20b6ab2e-4385-4377-a515-47ecfc6d5513 “Beginning in late 2013 and early 2014, Turkish border cities became the chief logistical hubs for foreign fighters seeking to enter Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State and other rebel groups. By all accounts, foreign fighters from around the globe first traveled to Turkey and then on to Iraq and Syria, forming the backbone and striking power of the Islamic State. In 2013 alone, some 30,000 militants traversed Turkish soil, establishing the so-called jihadi highway, as the country became a conduit for fighters seeking to join the Islamic State. By August 2015, Turkey did eventually tighten up its borders and agree to engage in strike missions as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, but by then, the lion’s share of foreign fighters had already arrived in Iraq and Syria.” “Among those receiving care was one of the top deputies of Islamic State chieftain Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Ahmet el-H, who was treated in a private hospital in Sanliurfa in August 2014.” https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/foreignpolicy.com/2018/04/12/turkeys-double-isis-standard/amp/
German | 15/1/2019
erdog is a masterpiece of hypocrisy , not democracy , all Europe know this ...

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