Agencies (Qasioun) – The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a televised interview broadcasted on NTV-Star Channel that Ankara's main goal is to eradicate terrorism from Manbij and create a Turkish-controlled safe zone in the region.
The Turkish President also touched on the Venezuela crisis and relations with Russia and the United States.
Turkey can't leave the security of a safe zone to others while it is under threat, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Speaking to NTV-Star joint broadcasting about a proposed safe zone, Erdogan said that "Turkey's main goal now is completely clearing terrorist PYD/YPG from Manbij, Syria."
"We are determined. What matters for us is that the safe zone should be under Turkey's control. We can't leave it to Germany nor France or the US. I put that plainly."
Erdogan added that the US should keep its promise of taking back weapons from the YPG.
Erdogan, however, also mentioned he did not believe the sincerity of the US who said they would retrieve YPG's weapons.
"[At the safe zone] are 18 bases. These are consolidated from some point. I guess in that region also has an armament market. Some of these [weapons] are sold."
"If this withdrawal becomes a stalling method, our approach will be different," Erdogan said, adding that 200 to 500 troops may stay from other US-led coalition forces.
Source: TRT World