US working with Turkey to create Syria safe zone, Jeffrey says


Monday 15 April 2019 | 10:31 PM Damascus Time

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  • US working with Turkey to create Syria safe zone, Jeffrey says

    Baladi News

    The U.S. is working with Turkey to establish a safe zone without the presence of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a top U.S. official said Monday.

    U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the special envoy for the anti-Daesh coalition, James Jeffrey said that Washington acknowledges Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group.
    Jeffrey highlighted that the two countries have been and continue to be geostrategic partners.

    He said Syria should not be a shelter for terrorists and that Turkey's cooperation is necessary for the U.S. to complete the mission in the war-torn country.

    Also touching upon Turkey's mediator role in the Astana process, Jeffrey said Turkey's position is extremely important in terms of the U.N.'s goals regarding the political process in Syria.

    Turkey and the U.S. remain at odds over the latter's Syria policy, which is centered on support to the globally-recognized terrorist group PKK's Syrian wing YPG. The U.S. allied itself with the YPG to fight Daesh in Syria, but Turkey argued that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

    Source: Daily Sabah.


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