Turkey doesn't pursue economic interests in Syria: Erdogan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey does not pursue economic interests in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with heads of municipalities in Ankara, the Turkish media reported Oct. 26.
Erdogan said it is important for Turkey to ensure stability in Syria.
"Ankara will not allow creation of any entities in the territory of Syria near the borders with Turkey," Erdogan said.
He noted that the national interests are above all for Ankara.
"Turkey’s goal is to neutralize the danger at its borders," Erdogan said.
He said at present such terrorist organizations as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), PYD/YPG pose a threat to Turkey.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US did not keep its 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 this 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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