Pence: US and Turkey agree ceasefire in Syria

 breakingnews.ie  10/17/2019 17:52:00   Press Association

US vice president Mike Pence has said the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

He has been holding talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ankara.

Mr Pence added that Turkey has agreed to engage in no military action against the community of Kobani with “a pause in military operations for 120 hours” to allow the US-allied Syrian Kurds to withdraw.

He said the US and Turkey have “mutually committed to peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone”.

US President Donald Trump has tweeted to say "Great news out of Turkey."

Great news out of Turkey. News Conference shortly with @VP and @SecPompeo. Thank you to @RTErdogan. Millions of lives will be saved!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019

It comes hours after President Trump declared the US has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as Americas partners against so-called Islamic State extremists.

The US delegation, including White House national security adviser Robert OBrien, were expected to warn Mr Erdogan that he will face additional economic sanctions if he does not halt his assault on Kurdish forces.

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