Turkish, US officials discuss Syria safe zone

ANKARA, Turkish Presidential Aide Ibrahim Kalin and US National Security Advisor John Bolton discussed by phone on Wednesday the plan to establish a safe zone in northern Syria, previously agreed by both Turkey and the US.

Turkish side completed its preparations as part of the implementation of Turkey-U.S. joint operational plan without delay, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported, citing a statement by the Turkish presidency.

During the conversation, both sides discussed the details to accelerate the steps to be taken for the safe zone in northern Syria, protecting the Idlib consensus, completing the establishment of the Constitutional Commission and implementing the measures to prevent new refugee influxes.

Kalin and Bolton exchanged views on the developments in Syria, the fight against terrorism, and the bilateral trade, as well as the situation in Libya, according to the statement.

They also discussed steps to be taken to increase the bilateral trade volume, expected visit of U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Turkey in the coming days, as well as the meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US President Donald Trump as part of Turkish president’s visit to UN General Assembly on Sept. 22-25 in New York.

Turkish and US military officials reached an agreement on August 7 that the planned safe zone in northern Syria will serve as a “peace corridor” for displaced Syrians, and a Joint Operations Center in Turkey will be set up to coordinate establishment of such zone.

Source: Kuwait News Agency