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Turkey said early Wednesday there is no further need at this stage for it to conduct a new operation in northern Syria outside its present operation area.

Axar.az reports citing Turkish media.

"Turkey will never let a terror corridor be established to the south of its borders and our resolute fight against terrorism will continue," the Defense Ministry said in a written statement.

It was referring to Operation Peace Spring, which was launched on Oct. 9 to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

The statement underlined that at the end of a 120-hour pause, the U.S. reported that the withdrawal of the PKK/YPG terror group from a designated safe zone region was completed.

On Oct. 17, a U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence paid a working visit to the Turkish capital, Ankara, where they met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussed Turkey's anti-terror operation.

Following the meeting, the two sides reached a 13-point agreement on northeastern Syria. As part of the deal, Turkey paused its anti-terror push east of the Euphrates for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of the terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot the YPG/PKK from the planned safe zone. The pause ended Tuesday night.

Ankara and the U.S. agreed on a 32-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone south of the Turkish border in Syria, where Turkey wants to accommodate Syrian refugees it is currently hosting.

Date
2019.10.23 / 14:59
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