Turkey, US reach 'understanding' to normalize ties

Turkish foreign minister, US counterpart meet in Ankara amid tension over American support for terror groups in Syria

Turkey, US reach 'understanding' to normalize ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ankara and Washington have “reached an understanding” to normalize ties following a period of tensions, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Friday. 

Speaking alongside his visiting U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson at a press conference in Ankara, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: “We’ve reached an understanding to normalize our relations [with the U.S.].''

Relations between the two countries have been strained over U.S. support for the terrorist group PYD/YPG/PKK in northern Syria.

The terrorist YPG/PKK should first withdraw from Manbij, northern Syria for Turkey to take steps with the U.S. based on trust, Cavusoglu said.

For his part, Tillerson said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey against terrorist threats.”

The U.S. will work on promises given to Turkey on Manbij, northern Syria, he added.

After the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch clears the terrorist PYD/YPG/PKK from Afrin, northern Syria, Turkish leaders say it will proceed to do the same with Manbij, where both terrorist and U.S. forces are stationed, raising the specter of a confrontation.

 

Last Mod: 16 Şubat 2018, 14:19
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