Cavusoglu: All terrorists will be removed from Menbij and Tel Rifat

Turkey and Russia will clear area 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey's border with Syria of YPG/PKK terrorists, and security forces of two countries will conduct joint patrol, said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday.

Referring to the agreement between the two countries, Cavusoglu said: "All YPG/PKK terrorists from the Euphrates to the Iraqi border, for 30 kilometers deep, will be removed, and we have started to conduct joint patrols there."

Terrorists in Qamishli will also be removed but patrol activities will not be conducted in that area, as the Syrian regime forces have been there from the beginning [of the crisis], he said.

"YPG/PKK terrorists will be removed from Manbij and Tal Rifat. So, we took what we wanted with the two agreements, with the least damage.

"This would not have happened if we did not do the operation," he added.