Speaking to the press, on Tuesday evening, the Turkish Foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara is considering the possibility to expand its operations in the north of Syria, and not remain just in, around or near Afrin.
The plans that are being studied speak of Manbij city and east of the Euphrates River, the FM added.
Cavusoglu was attending the Vancouver, Canada Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula and, following his talks with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson, who was also in Vancouver, made statements to journalists.
Turkey’s precautions against YPG/PKK cannot be limited to Afrin only, Anadolu quotes him saying. Turkey’s high official also noted that Washington’s plan to establish a border guard in northwest Syria “irreversibly harms U.S.-Turkey ties”.
“On Sunday, Ryan Dillon, spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh, announced plans to establish a 30,000-strong border security force in Syria with the SDF — a U.S.-backed group drawn up largely of PYD/PKK terrorist elements”, Anadolu reads.
The PYD/PKK is the Syrian PKK branch, designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, EU and the States…/IBNA