Defense Minister Akar, US' Syria, anti-Daesh envoy Jeffrey discuss Manbij, Syria safe zone

Published 05.03.2019 21:02
Jeffrey (L) and Akar
Jeffrey (L) and Akar

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, and the U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the special envoy for the anti-Daesh coalition James Jeffrey met in Ankara late Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two officials discussed the latest developments in Syria, focusing on the Manbij roadmap and the situation in the east of the Euphrates.

The coordination on the U.S. pullout from Syria, strategies for a post-U.S. period in the northern parts of the country controlled by the PKK terrorist group's Syrian offshoot the People's Protection Units (YPG), the fight against PKK and Daesh, implementation of the Manbij road map, and the S-400 purchase from Russia were the top issues Akar and Jeffrey exchanged views on.

Turkey and the U.S. remain at odds over the latter's Syria policy, which is centered on support to the globally-recognized terrorist group PKK's Syrian wing YPG. The U.S. allied itself with the YPG to fight Daesh in Syria, but Turkey argued that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

Jeffrey, a former ambassador to Turkey, has in the past admitted that the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the YPG, are indeed the Syrian affiliates of the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist group by the U.S. and EU as well.

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