Wednesday, 01 December 2021 06:25 GMT

Turkey not to have talks on Afrin offensive


(MENAFN) No diplomatic talks with the US on Syria's Afrin are happening currently, Turkey's foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy said that the U.S. Defense Department Spokesperson's statement claiming that Turkey and the U.S. are carrying out diplomatic talks to sooth tensions in Syria's Afrin -where Turkey is conducting offensive Olive Branch-is not true.

"Turkey is currently not carrying out any diplomatic talks with the U.S. about Afrin," Aksoy said.
The spokesperson confirmed that a mechanism will be applied to overcome Syria-related problems between Turkey and the U.S., which was declared by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his Ankara visit on Feb. 15-16.

In January 2018, Turkey launched an offensive called "Olive Branch" on Syria's Afrin Kurds-majority, on the pretext of protecting its boarders from the People's Protection Units (YPG) which Ankra views as "terrorists."

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