Turkey: Waiting for outcome of Syria safe zones call

An internally displaced Syrian woman washes clothes inside her tent at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters)

Turkey is waiting to see the outcome of United States President Donald Trump’s pledge to order safe zones in Syria, but has long advocated such a plan, Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said on Thursday.

Trump said on Wednesday he “will absolutely do safe zones in Syria” for refugees fleeing violence. According to a document seen by Reuters, Trump is expected to order the Pentagon and the State Department in the coming days to craft such a plan.

“We have seen the US President’s request for conducting a study. What’s important is the results of this study and what kind of recommendation will come out,” Muftuoglu told reporters at a briefing in Ankara.

He also said some elements in Syria may be frustrated by progress made at peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana and may seek to disrupt a ceasefire. It was incumbent on guarantor countries, which include Turkey, Russia and Iran, to prevent that from happening, Muftuoglu said.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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