Turkey calls for coordinated US pull out from Syria

Politics 1/9/2019, 10:03 AM
Turkey calls for coordinated US pull out from Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (pictured) told reporters on Wednesday that the United States has been facing "several difficulties amid the process of withdrawing troops from Syria," seizing the opportunity to call on Moscow and Tehran to join forces in controlling Washington's withdrawal from the war-torn country.

"We want to coordinate this process jointly with Russia and Iran, with which we had arranged work in the framework of the Astana process," Ankara's top diplomat noted, warning that the void left once the American troops are gone, may be filled by "terrorist organizations." He added, however, that the United States will have a hard time pulling out of Syria as Washington is working "hand in glove" with groups such as the YPG.

Earlier, US National Security Advisor John Bolton called on the Turkish government to provide guarantees it will not attack Syrian Kurdish forces. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Bolton for setting conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria.

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