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USA: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says Syria ceasefire is 'permanent'

United States, Washington DC
October 23, 2019 at 17:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump announced that all sanctions imposed on Turkey in response to the Turkish offensive in northern Syria will be lifted in a statement made to press in Washington DC on Wednesday.

"Early this morning the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, making the ceasefire permanent and it will indeed be permanent" Trump said.

He added saying that "by the moves we have made we are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria including a 20 mile wide safe zone."

Commenting on the presence of US troops in Syria Trump said "We've secured the oil and therefore a small number of US troops will remain in the area where they have the oil and we are going to be protecting it."

Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' began on October 9, days after the White House announced the withdrawal of US troops from the area. Turkey agreed to suspend operations on October 17 to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, following talks in Ankara between Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence.

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US President Donald Trump announced that all sanctions imposed on Turkey in response to the Turkish offensive in northern Syria will be lifted in a statement made to press in Washington DC on Wednesday.

"Early this morning the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, making the ceasefire permanent and it will indeed be permanent" Trump said.

He added saying that "by the moves we have made we are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria including a 20 mile wide safe zone."

Commenting on the presence of US troops in Syria Trump said "We've secured the oil and therefore a small number of US troops will remain in the area where they have the oil and we are going to be protecting it."

Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' began on October 9, days after the White House announced the withdrawal of US troops from the area. Turkey agreed to suspend operations on October 17 to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, following talks in Ankara between Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence.

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