Turkey suspends Syria offensive: Pence

Turkey has agreed to droop its Syria offensive for 5 days and can finish the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw from a secure zone away from the border, US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish officers mentioned on Thursday.

Turkey and Syrian insurgent proxies started an offensive in northern Syria final week towards Kurdish fighters.

Turkey’s operation “shall be halted solely on completion” of the pullout, Pence informed reporters after talks with Turkish officers in Ankara.

Pence mentioned the US would work with the Kurdish fighters “to facilitate an orderly withdrawal within the subsequent 120 hours.”

He mentioned: “Let me say that’s already begun. The demarcation line, 20 miles south of the border.”

Pence held talks for greater than an hour with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the 2 had been later joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and different officers.

Pence additionally mentioned the US would withdraw not too long ago imposed sanctions on Turkey after it ends its navy operation.

Throughout a five-day ceasefire, the US “is not going to be implementing further sanctions,” he mentioned.

As soon as a everlasting ceasefire is in place and Kurdish have withdrawn, the US additionally agreed to withdraw the sanctions that had been imposed on a number of cupboard officers and a number of other companies, he mentioned.

Talking to reporters, Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed suspension of the offensive till Kurdish militants withdraw from the world.

“We’re suspending the operation, not halting it,” he mentioned. “We’ll halt the operation solely after (Kurdish) fully withdraw from the area.”

Cavusoglu additionally rejected calling the settlement as a “ceasefire”.

“This isn’t a ceasefire. A ceasefire is reached between the 2 professional events,” he mentioned.

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