BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Monday that if a safe zone is not established in northern Syria, the Turkish Armed Forces and their allied rebels will launch a military operation east of the Euphrates.
Citing Cavusoglu’s interview with TGRT Haber, the Reuters News Agency reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister said he hoped an agreement would be reached with the U.S. special envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, in the coming days as the latter visits Turkey to discuss a potential deal.
Reuters reported that Cavusoglu said talks with the United States on the safe zone had recently slowed.
“If the safe zone is not established and threats toward our country continue, we will launch the operation in the east of the Euphrates,” he told TGRT Haber.
“The Americans sent Jeffrey and said there were new proposals in the talks that will start today. We hope an agreement can be reached on this. Concrete steps are needed on this now,” he added.
At the same time, Turkey has already begun amassing troops along Syria’s northern border as they eye the two towns of Tal Al-Abyad (northern Raqqa) and Manbij (northeast Aleppo).