BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have come to a “historic understanding” on the Syrian conflict.
Speaking at a parliament meeting, Erdogan said that Trump reassured him that the U.S. Armed Forces would be withdrawing from Syria in the near future.
Furthermore, Erdogan said that he and Trump reached an agreement that would allow Turkey to create a 32-kilometer-long safe zone across northern Syria.
The idea for the safe zone was first mentioned by Trump on Sunday when he said a safe zone was needed to protect the Kurds from a Turkish assault.
This tweet by Trump sparked heavy criticism from Turkey, who viewed his comments as inappropriate and threatening.