Turkey awaits full implementation of Manbij deal, enhancing efforts with US

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Turkey and the U.S. are looking to fully implement the Manbij road map in an accelerated manner, as Ankara's patience on the issue wears thin.


On the implementation of the Manbij deal, which foresees the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij, a senior U.S. official told Daily Sabah that "we are as committed as Turkish government to the full implementation of the Manbij road map. We are working hard with our partners on the ground to implement the road map we agreed with Turkey."

The source said both Turkey and the U.S. agreed that the process has gathered momentum.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Wednesday in Washington that "The process in Manbij has gained pace despite the adverse weather conditions. But the road map should have been completed by now and the reason it hasn't been being the U.S."

Manbij and its surrounding areas have remained under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since August 2016. The YPG-dominated group ousted Daesh terrorists who had captured the town from moderate opposition in January 2014.

Turkey has been calling on the U.S. to increase efforts to implement the deal, saying the YPG presence in Syria was a grave threat to its security. The U.S. has faced a furious backlash from Ankara due to its steadfast support for the terrorist group under the pretext of fighting Daesh.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday that "Turkey's patience will run out soon if the PKK-linked YPG terrorists do not leave Syria's Manbij within the next few weeks."

As Turkey reiterated its resoluteness to clear terrorist elements from the Manbij region, a senior U.S. official said, "We are aware of the Turkish government's very legitimate security concerns on what northern Syria looks like in the context of our withdrawal."

The source added that "we are aware of the Turkish government's view on some scenarios in which it would take military action to address its national security issues in northern Syria."

"Together we are doing everything possible, to find peaceful ways to address these concerns rather than see a sort of offensive," the source said.

Daily Sabah



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Turkey awaits full implementation of Manbij deal, enhancing efforts with US

2019/02/645x344-turkey-awaits-full-implementation-of-manbij-deal-enhancing-efforts-with-us-1549544437566-1549622696.jpg
Read: 721     15:26     08 February 2019    

Turkey and the U.S. are looking to fully implement the Manbij road map in an accelerated manner, as Ankara's patience on the issue wears thin.


On the implementation of the Manbij deal, which foresees the withdrawal of the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) from Manbij, a senior U.S. official told Daily Sabah that "we are as committed as Turkish government to the full implementation of the Manbij road map. We are working hard with our partners on the ground to implement the road map we agreed with Turkey."

The source said both Turkey and the U.S. agreed that the process has gathered momentum.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Wednesday in Washington that "The process in Manbij has gained pace despite the adverse weather conditions. But the road map should have been completed by now and the reason it hasn't been being the U.S."

Manbij and its surrounding areas have remained under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since August 2016. The YPG-dominated group ousted Daesh terrorists who had captured the town from moderate opposition in January 2014.

Turkey has been calling on the U.S. to increase efforts to implement the deal, saying the YPG presence in Syria was a grave threat to its security. The U.S. has faced a furious backlash from Ankara due to its steadfast support for the terrorist group under the pretext of fighting Daesh.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday that "Turkey's patience will run out soon if the PKK-linked YPG terrorists do not leave Syria's Manbij within the next few weeks."

As Turkey reiterated its resoluteness to clear terrorist elements from the Manbij region, a senior U.S. official said, "We are aware of the Turkish government's very legitimate security concerns on what northern Syria looks like in the context of our withdrawal."

The source added that "we are aware of the Turkish government's view on some scenarios in which it would take military action to address its national security issues in northern Syria."

"Together we are doing everything possible, to find peaceful ways to address these concerns rather than see a sort of offensive," the source said.

Daily Sabah



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