Trump to Erdogan: Do not hurt the Kurds or any of the forces supported by America in Syria
President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressed the importance of “do not abuse” the Kurds and all US-backed forces in Syria, the White House said Monday
The White House said in a statement that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Danford, would meet with his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday to discuss military cooperation in Syria.
The Turkish presidency, for its part, announced earlier in the day that Erdogan and Trump discussed during the telephone conversation the establishment of a “safe area” in Syria.
The two men discussed “the idea of establishing a safe area to be cleared of terrorism in the north of the country,” according to the Turkish presidential statement.
Erdogan expressed his country’s readiness to provide all forms of cooperation and logistical support for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
“Turkey has no problem with the Kurds, and Turkey’s goal is to remove the threat to Turkish national security from terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said. According to his words .
Trump on Sunday threatened Turkey to “destroy it economically” if the Kurds were hit in Syria .He stressed the continued beating Da’ash duel despite the withdrawal from Syria.