US President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Turkish President Regep Taip Erdogan on the 20th, and both sides agreed to continue consultations on the security situation in northeastern Syria.
Erdogan paid tribute to the Americans killed in the attack and declared that Turkey was ready to take over security in the northern Syrian town of Manbiji. According to the previous consensus reached by Turkey and the United States, the two sides should jointly manage Manbiji.
[Turkey is ready to take over
The White House said in a statement on the 20th that President Trump reiterated the importance of eradicating the remaining terrorist forces in Syria. As far as the situation in northeastern Syria is concerned, the leaders of the two countries agreed to continue to seek a negotiated solution that can achieve their respective security considerations.
In addition, Trump and Erdogan talked over the phone about expanding trade in the common interest of both sides.
Erdogan paid tribute to the Americans who died last week in Manbiji. Two U.S. soldiers and two Americans employed by the U.S. Army were killed in an explosion in Manbiji on June 16. The extremist group Islamic State claimed to have launched the attack.
Turkey said Erdogan told Trump that the Turkish side was ready to take over the security affairs of Manbidi. Turkey will take urgent measures in Manbidi to prevent Syrian Kurdish armed Peoples Protection Forces from threatening local stability.
Manbidi is not far from Turkey and is located on the West Bank of the Euphrates River. Syrias civil war broke out in 2011, and the northern town was occupied successively by rebels, Islamic States and Kurdish forces.
According to the agreement reached between Turkey and the United States in June 2018, Kurdish forces withdrew from Manbiji and were managed by Turkey and the United States until the formation of local governments. However, the United States showed its intention to withdraw before all Kurdish forces withdrew.
Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from Syria via social media Twitter on December 19 last year, then adjusted his statement under pressure from all sides, emphasizing that the U.S. military would withdraw slowly. So far, there is no clear timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
[Accelerating the Safety Zone Consultation
The 20 th call was the second dialogue between the leaders of Turkey and the United States in a week. The leaders of the two countries agreed to speed up consultations on the establishment of a security zone in northern Syria.
Erdogan and Trump spoke by telephone on the 14th to discuss the implementation of the road map for security cooperation in Manbiji, the establishment of a security zone in northern Syria and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.
Turkeys presidential palace said at the time that the two sides emphasized the implementation of the road map for security cooperation in Manbiji, avoiding any interference with the withdrawal of U.S. troops, preventing the formation of a vacuum after the withdrawal of U.S. forces and providing the soil for terrorists to breed. The two sides also discussed the establishment of a security zone in northern Syria without armed elements on the premise of safeguarding Syrias sovereignty and integrity.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned the so-called security zone statement as the language of occupation and aggression against Syria.
Turkeys Vice President Fouad Oktai said in an interview with the media earlier on the 20th that there could be no Kurdish armed Peoples Protection Forces in the area. He stressed: Turkey refers to the security zone, which is controlled by Turkey.
For a long time, there have been serious differences between Turkey and the United States on the legitimacy of Syrian Kurdish armed forces such as the Peoples Protection Force. Turkey designated the Peoples Protection Force as a Syrian branch of the Turkish anti-government Kurdish WorkersParty and a terrorist organization. The U.S. military has been cooperating with the Peoples Protection Force (PPF) through the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Army (SDA) to combat the Islamic State.
American National Security Assistant John Bolton said earlier this month that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria needs to meet specific conditions, including ensuring the protection of U.S. Kurdish allies in Syria. (Chen Lixi) (Special Release of Xinhua News Agency)
Source: Xinhua responsible editor: Ma Chao_NBJ9865