The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease-fire in northern Syria that gives Kurdish fighters five days to leave the area, with President Trump lauding the deal as “a great day for civilization” even as it appears to favor Turkish interests in the region.
“This is a great day for civilization,” told the us president The 13 point document released on the agreement between the United States and Turkey regarding Ankara’s incursion in northeast Syria does not specify a permanent ceasefire as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced.
A U.S. delegation, led by Vice President Pence, on Thursday held a four-hour meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara. A joint statement was released after the meeting.
According to the agreement, the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units, will withdraw from the 32 kilometre-deep, 444 kilometre-long safe zone to be established along the Turkish border in northern Syria in the next five days.
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, reportedly called the agreement a “pause” and not a cease-fire.
A bipartisan group of United States senators said on Thursday they will move , full steam, ahead with legislation aimed at imposing tough new sanctions on Turkey despite the announcement that Ankara had agreed to a ceasefire of its military operation in northern Syria.
Congress is going to speak with a very firm, singular voice that we will impose sanctions in the strongest measure against this Turkish outrage, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said at a conference on Thursday at the US Capitol.
If not halted, Turkey’s action will lead to the re-emergence of ISIS, the destruction of an ally, the Kurds, and eventually benefit to Iran at the detriment of Israel, Graham said.