Turkey’s Erdogan discusses Syria ‘safe zone’ with Trump, White House says U.S. won’t be involved

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Turkey’s skeleton to settle a “safe zone” easterly of a Euphrates River in Syria in a phone call on Sunday, though a White House pronounced U.S. army would not be involved.

The Turkish presidency pronounced after a call that Erdogan and Trump had concluded to accommodate in Washington subsequent month, following an invitation by a U.S. president.

The call came a day after Erdogan pronounced a troops intrusion into northeastern Syria was imminent, after Ankara indicted Washington of stalling efforts to settle a “safe zone” there together.

During a phone call, Erdogan voiced his disappointment with a disaster of U.S. troops and confidence officials to exercise a agreement between a dual countries, a Turkish presidency said.

Erdogan also reiterated a prerequisite of a protected section to discharge a threats from a Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, that Ankara considers a militant organization, and to emanate a conditions required for a lapse of Syrian refugees, it said.

“Turkey will shortly be relocating brazen with a long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” a White House Press Secretary pronounced in a matter .

“The United States Armed Forces will not support or be concerned in a operation, and United States forces, carrying degraded a ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in a evident area,” it added.

The matter from a White House also pronounced “Turkey will now be obliged for all ISIS fighters in a area prisoner over a past dual years”, as France, Germany and other European nations that they had come from had refused U.S. requests to take them back.

The NATO allies concluded in Aug to settle a section in northeast Syria along a limit with Turkey. Ankara says a section should be privileged of a YPG.

Turkey says it wants to settle adult to 2 million Syrian refugees in a zone. It now hosts 3.6 million Syrians sheltering from Syria’s some-more than eight-year conflict.

Turkey says a United States, that supports a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a YPG-led force that degraded Islamic State fighters in Syria, is relocating too solemnly to set adult a zone. It has regularly warned of rising an descent on a possess into northeast Syria, where U.S. army are stationed alongside a SDF.

The dual countries are also during contingency over how distant a section should extend into Syria and who should control it. Turkey says it should be 30 km (19 miles) deep.

The ties between a allies have also been pressured over Turkey’s squeeze of Russian S-400 invulnerability missiles and a hearing of internal U.S. consulate employees in Turkey.

Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Alison Williams, Peter Cooney Simon Cameron-Moore

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