Erdogan: US should behave as befits an ally
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The US should behave as befits an ally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech at the 11th conference of Turkey's ambassadors in Ankara, Trend reports referring to Turkish media.
According to Erdogan, the US is unfair to Turkey. "Unfortunately, it was our ally, the US, who armed the terrorists in northern Syria," Erdogan said, having also noted that Turkey’s security primarily means the security of NATO.
"Turkey’s national interests will be protected even by military means, and Ankara will neutralize any threat directed against it," Erdogan said.
On June 4, 2018, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed a roadmap on Syria's Manbij during talks in Washington. Earlier, Cavusoglu and Pompeo had a meeting in Brussels and discussed the Operation Olive Branch, as well as other issues.
On January 20, 2018, Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria. On August 24, 2016, units of the Turkish Armed Forces launched the Euphrates Shield Operation against the "Islamic State", and liberated, with the support of the Syrian opposition, Al-Bab town and the border town of Jarabulus in northern Syria.
The safety zone in the north of Syria includes a territory 32 kilometers deep and 460 kilometers long along the Syrian border with Turkey. In the case of the creation of this zone, it will be divided into two parts, the first part will start from the Iraqi-Syrian border and will be extended to the Syrian city of Qamishli, because the Syrian government forces control this city.
The second part of the safety zone will start from Qamishli and will be extended to Jarabulus city, which was liberated from the terrorists of the “Islamic State” (IS) as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces in 2016.
The city of Manbij, where Turkey had previously intended to conduct anti-terrorist operations, is not a part of the safety zone.
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