Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the US withdrawal process from Syria should be controlled by Turkey along with Russia and Iran to prevent “terror organisations” from taking up the vacated space, during a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday.
“We see that the US is having difficulties in pulling out. It is not that easy to leave after you get engaged, intertwine that much with a terror organisation,” Cavusoglu said referring to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“We want to coordinate this process with Russia and Iran, with whom we have been working together since the Astana process,” Cavusoglu added.
Cavusoglu visited Moscow in late December to discuss the situation in Syria.
On December 20, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, declaring that the US had defeated the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).
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