Kyiv: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters during his return to his homeland that the implementation of the deal between the US and Turkey regarding the northern Syrian city of Manbij was postponed.
“There is a delay, but (the deal) is not completely dead. US Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mattis say they will take concrete steps,” said Erdogan.
Earlier, in May, Turkey and the United States made a deal over Manbij after several months of disagreement. In accordance with this deal, Kurdish militia will withdraw from Manbij, and the forces of Turkey and the United States will maintain security and stability around the city. As part of this deal, NATO allies conduct coordinated but independent patrols in the region.
On Tuesday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that joint training of American soldiers and patrols began in Manbij.
Washington's support for the YPG militia in the fight against the Islamic State group has enraged Ankara, which views the YPG as a continuation of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (KWP). The KWP is considered a terrorist group in the United States, the EU, and Turkey. Ankara fears that the promotion of YPG in Syria will wake Kurdish militants.
Earlier it was reported that the United States warned Syria about the "reckless escalation" in the attack on the rebel fortress Idlib. Eight European countries in advance call on Iran, Russia, and Turkey to protect about three million civilians.