Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed with his US counterpart Donald Trump in a telephone call to continue consultations at different levels between the two countries regarding the establishment of the safe zone declared by the two sides in northern Syria.
Anadolu Agency quoted sources of the Turkish presidency as saying that the two presidents confirmed during the telephone conversation held between them yesterday to continue the consultations that began between the chiefs of staff of the two countries, on the safe area in Syria.
According to the sources, President Erdogan expressed Turkey’s readiness to take up security in Manbij area east of Aleppo without delay, stressing his country’s determination to combat PKK activities and extensions, which aims to destabilize northeastern Syria.
On January 15, President Erdogan announced that Turkey would establish a safe zone in northern Syria.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Sunday that his country’s plans and preparations, ready for possible operations against terrorists in Manbij and eastern Euphrates in Syria.
From the Syrian-Turkish border, Akar said on the first anniversary of Operation Olive Branch: We will take the necessary steps and actions at the right time.” “Our plans and preparations are ready to face the problem we are facing in the Syrian area of Manbij and east of the Euphrates”.
He stressed the respect for the unity of Syrian and Iraqi territory, pointing out that “Turkish operations target only terrorist organizations, and never target our brothers Kurds or Arabs.”
He added that the goal of the Turkish armed forces is to enable the Syrians to return to their land, considering the return of civilians to their homes after the restoration of security is a source of great happiness.