Cavusoglu discusses U.S. bills and Syria with Pompeo

Cavusoglu discusses U.S. bills and Syria with Pompeo

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke over the telephone with his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo yesterday, an official statement said.

The sides discussed the recent bills in U.S. House of Representatives and developments in Syria, Daily Sabah reported.

Ankara has earlier condemned the U.S. resolution titled "Affirming the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide" that was passed by the House of Representatives on October 30, arguing that this decision was taken as a reprisal against Turkey's Operation Peace Spring and labeling the move as "worthless."

On October 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the launch of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, which began with airstrikes on Kurdish positions. The operation’s goal was to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border, where, according to Ankara, Syrian refugees residing in Turkey could return.

On October 22, Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signed a memorandum on joint actions in northeastern Syria. Under the arrangement, the Russian military police and Syrian military were to be moved into the areas bordering the zone of Turkey’s operation in Syria as of noon of October 23. The Kurdish forces had 150 hours to vacate the 30-kilometer wide strip of land along the Turkish border. After that Russian and Turkish forces are to begin joint patrols.

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