Turkish, US military officials reach agreement on Manbij roadmap, Turkish military says

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Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar (2ndR) monitors Turkish airstrikes targeting PKK terrorists in northern Iraq's Qandil, Sinjar, Hakurk and Avashin-Basyan at the joint air operation center in Eskişehir, Turkey, June 12, 2018. (AA Photo)
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar (2ndR) monitors Turkish airstrikes targeting PKK terrorists in northern Iraq's Qandil, Sinjar, Hakurk and Avashin-Basyan at the joint air operation center in Eskişehir, Turkey, June 12, 2018. (AA Photo)

Turkish, U.S. military officials reached an agreement on the plan for northern Syria's Manbij at the meeting held Germany's Stuttgart this week, Turkish Armed Forces says in a statement Thursday.

The meeting between Turkish military officials and U.S. Central Command overseeing activities in the Middle East was held at the U.S. Europe Command headquarters.

Previously, Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti on Wednesday discussed the Turkish-U.S. Manbij roadmap over the phone.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Turkish General Staff said Akar and Scaparrotti also addressed the security situation in the north of Syria and the security issues in the Manbij-focused roadmap.

The Manbij roadmap was announced after a meeting in Washington last week between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The deal focuses on the withdrawal of the PKK's Syrian offshoot People's Protection Units (YPG) terror group from the northern Syrian city located west of the Euphrates River and on stability in the region.

Should the model prove a success, Turkey will push for a similar arrangement in for territories under the control of YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria.

If the Manbij model is successfully implemented, eastern Syria could eventually become a joint U.S.-Turkish zone of influence.

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