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Erdogan, Trump agree to better coordination in Syria in phone call

15 December 2018 12:17 (UTC+04:00)
Erdogan, Trump agree to better coordination in Syria in phone call

By Trend

On the eve of a possible Turkish counter-terrorism operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Friday agreed on the need for more effective coordination in Syria, according to an official statement, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

According to the statement by the Turkish presidency, the two leaders discussed bilateral issues, security and anti-terrorism issues, especially regarding recent developments in Syria, during a phone call.

President Erdoğan expressed Turkey's legitimate concern over the actions and presence of the PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Erdoğan said earlier Friday that Turkey will conduct an anti-terrorist operation in Manbij if the U.S. fails to clear the YPG from the northern Syrian region. He also reiterated Turkey's determination to bring peace to the area east of the Euphrates River in Syria.

Earlier this week, Erdoğan announced that Turkey would launch another anti-terrorist operation in northern Syria, targeting the area east of the Euphrates within a few days.

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