FM: Turkey closely observing withdrawal of US troops from Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey is closely observing the withdrawal of US troops from Syria's northern regions, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
"All countries, including the US, know that Turkey is determined to fight terrorists in northern Syria," Cavusoglu added, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media.
"If Turkey has declared that it will enter Syria to fight terrorists, then no one will stop it," he said.
The foreign minister also stressed that over 3,000 Syrian refugees from Turkey returned to Syrian territories liberated as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield.
On Dec. 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish Armed Forces would launch a new military operation in northern Syria against PYD/YPG, the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist organization.
Erdogan claimed there were American soldiers in the detachments of the terrorists in Syria.
"Despite that the US promised Turkey that it would not support PYD/YPG, the Syrian wing of the PKK, the US did not keep its word," Erdogan said.
On June 4, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a road map on Syria's 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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