Trump, Erdogan discuss ways to defeat terrorism in northeast Syria
(Sourced from PTI)
US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan yesterday agreed to continue to pursue a negotiated solution for northeast Syria, the White House said today following a telephonic conversation between the two leaders. Erdogan told Trump that Turkey is ready to take over security in Manbij, northeast Syria where last Wednesday, an ISIS attack claimed the lives of four American personnel.
President Trump underscored the importance of defeating terrorist elements that remain in Syria, said the WH. "The two leaders agreed to continue to pursue a negotiated solution for northeast Syria that achieves our respective security concerns," the White House said in a readout of the call. They also discussed their mutual interest in expanding the trade relationship between the US and Turkey, it said.
The White House further said Trump and Erdogan spoke on a number of important bilateral issues. Erdogan expressed his condolences for the loss of American personnel in ISIS attack. Yesterday's call came almost a week after another telephonic conversation between the two leaders in which they discussed the tensed situation in northeastern Syria over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country.