Turkish, US military officials reach agreement on plan for Syria's Manbij

The two countries said on June 4 they had endorsed a roadmap which envisages the withdrawal from Manbij of the Kurdish YPG militia. (Reuters)

Turkey's military says Turkish and US officials, meeting in Germany, have reached an agreement on a plan for the strategic Syrian town of Manbij that was a source of tension between the NATO allies.

A military statement on Thursday said Turkish and US military officials met at the US European Command headquarters in Stuttgart on June 12 and 13 and reached agreement on a "Manbij Implementation Plan." It said the plan would be discussed by senior officials from the two countries, but provided no details.

Turkey and the US have offered differing descriptions of their roadmap for Manbij, but a US-backed Kurdish militia group is expected to retreat to the east of the Euphrates River, meeting a long-standing Turkish demand.

Turkey considers the militia a terror group linked to Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51