Pompeo has telephone conversation with Cavusoglu

Pompeo has telephone conversation with Cavusoglu

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday on the phone with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to their bilateral relationship and, in particular, they discussed the importance of the October 17 U.S.-Turkish Joint Statement.

The Secretary noted the US position requiring that the Turkish military, the Turkish-supported Syrian Opposition forces, and the withdrawal of YPG forces be in accordance with the statement regarding the safe zone. The Secretary emphasized the need for all parties to adhere to the spirit and letter of the statement in order to address American’s mutual interests and concerns in Syria./ibna