Turkey and U.S. to jointly create a safe zone in Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that the operation will begin in the eastern Euphrates with the formation of a joint operations center with the United States on the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria.
Turkey and the United States have agreed on joint action to establish a safe zone in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
As previously reported by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on the creation of a coordination center for joint operations and a planned security zone in northern Syria.
"It was a three-day negotiation and they really went in a positive way. They will continue, but one step has been taken. I will not name the date, but together with the U.S. it was decided to create a coordination center. We will carrying out actions in the east of the Euphrates together with the United States,” Erdogan said.
"We will form a joint operations center with the United States and with its formation the operation will begin in the eastern Euphrates,” Erdogan said at a press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zlensky on Wednesday evening.
"The main issue was to take a step in the eastern Euphrates and we are currently doing this with the Americans," Erdogan said.
"A joint operations center with the United States of America will be formed as soon as possible to establish, coordinate and manage the safe zone,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
"An understanding has been reached to take the necessary measures to turn the safe zone into a peace corridor and return Syrian refugees to their country,” the Turkish Defense Ministry added.
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara issued a joint statement confirming the agreement of the defense ministries of the two countries to "accelerate the implementation of all measures to address Turkey's security concerns and concerns," continuing: "A joint operations center will be set up as soon as possible to coordinate and manage the safe zone together."
"The safe zone will serve as a peace corridor, and all efforts will be made to repatriate Syrian displaced persons," the joint statement added.
The Turkish leader said earlier that Ankara would launch a military operation against YPG/PKK forces at east of the Euphrates in northern Syria and notified Russia and the United States.