President of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with US presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton.
The Turkish leader has rejected the request of U.S. officials, who yesterday arrived in Ankara to discuss with Turkish leaders the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Anadolu Agency reports.
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“Turkey has almost completed all preparations for the struggle with the remnants of the “Islamic state” in Syria after the scheduled exit of US and will soon take steps to “neutralize” all terrorist threats. Operation in the North of Syria could begin at any time after the end of the visit of the American delegation. I’m always ready to hold talks with trump”
Also on 8 January, Erdogan spoke in Parliament before the members of his “party of justice and development.” He criticized Washington’s support for the Kurds in Syria and the requirement to ensure the safety of the Kurdish “people’s protection Units”, which was declared Ankara a terrorist group. The head of state called it a serious mistake such a condition the White house for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, stressing that Turkey cannot compromise on the Kurdish issue.
The President of Turkey condemned the statement by John Bolton on the alleged struggle between Ankara and the Kurds.
“Allegations that Turkey fights Kurds in Syria, are a vile slander. We cannot accept statements of Bolton, made during a visit to Israel. Those who spread slander about trying to play on the sentiments of the world community and Ankara will not leave such unanswered”
— Recep Tayyip Erdogan,The
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Recall that in October last year, the coalition under US leadership liquidated militants in Eastern Syria, attacking the mosque, which the “Islamic state” (IG) was used as the base.
On 14 December, the militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” has lost their last controlled city in Syria. To dislodge the terrorists from Hajina after fierce fighting managed the Kurdish forces of the “Democratic forces of Syria.”
19 December, the United States officially announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria and the beginning of a new phase of the campaign against ISIS. The reconstruction of Syria will Finance of Saudi Arabia.
Donald trump has also increased the deadline for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. Previously, the military had to leave the country within 30 days, now this period is extended to 4 months.