BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that only his country can control his proposed safe zone in northern Syria.
“We cannot entrust the control over the zone, from where a threat may be posed to us, to others. We will be the ones to do it”, Erdogan told the NTV television channel.
According to the Turkish leader, Syrians hope that Ankara would help them resolve the situation in the north of the country.
“Syrians have so much trust in Turkey that local tribes are urging us to take measures in [the northern Syrian city] of Manbij”, Erdogan added.
Erdogan has repeatedly stated that Turkey is seeking to establish a safe zone to protect his country’s border and eliminate the ‘terror’ threat east of the Euphrates.