Cavusoglu: Turkey supports Syria's territorial integrity

Cavusoglu: Turkey supports Syria's territorial integrity

Ankara has always supported Syria's territorial integrity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, shortly after the U.S. announced that it will withdraw troops from northern Syria.

"Have supported the territorial integrity of Syria since the beginning of the crisis and will continue to do so," Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.

"Determined to ensure survivability and security of Turkey by clearing the region from terrorists. Will contribute to bringing safety, peace and stability to Syria," he added.

The statement came hours after a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Erdoğan and Trump exchanged views on bilateral issues as well as the planned safe zone east of the Euphrates River, said Turkey's Communications Directorate, Daily Sabah reported.

Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return home. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.