Turkey stands for preserving Syria’s territorial integrity – defense minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey stands for preserving Syria’s territorial integrity, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, Turkish media reported Oct. 24.
He said that Turkey won’t allow creation of any new “state” at its borders.
“We won’t allow creation of any corridor for terrorists in Syria,” said Akar.
Akar stressed that the parties that support the terrorists have already realized that Turkey won’t make concessions in the fight against terrorists.
He also noted that for Turkey there is no difference between the PYD/YPG militants and other terrorists.
“Turkey has repeatedly proved its determination in the fight against terrorism,” said Akar.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the US did not keep their promises regarding the withdrawal of the PYD/YPG terrorists from the Syrian Manbij.
"According to the agreements reached by Turkey and the US, the detachments of the PYD/YPG fighters were to leave the Syrian city of Manbij in 90 days, but it did not happen," Erdogan added.
On June 4, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a road map on Manbij during talks in Washington.
Also, Pompeo and Cavusoglu met in Brussels and discussed the Operation Olive Branch, as well as other issues.
On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.
On Aug. 24, 2016, units of the Turkish Armed Forces began the Operation Euphrates Shield against the "Islamic State" and with the support of the Syrian opposition liberated the border town of Jarablus in northern Syria, as well as al-Bab.
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