Turkish president refuses to accept US national security adviser

Türkiye Materials 8 January 2019 16:33 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 8

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to receive US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was on a visit to Ankara, Trend reports via Turkish media.

The reason for the refusal to receive Bolton was his statement that Turkey is killing ethnic Kurds in Syria's north, Turkish media reported.

Bolton was received by Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman of Turkish president, after which he left Ankara, reports noted.

John Bolton arrived in Ankara on Jan. 8 for a series of meetings on the new anti-terrorist operations of the Turkish Armed Forces in Syria's north.

On Dec. 12, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish Armed Forces would launch a new military operation in northern Syria against PYD/YPG.

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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