Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. military delegation to visit Turkish General Staff

U.S. military delegation to visit Turkish General Staff

The CENTCOM and EUCOM meeting comes days after Turkish and U.S. military forces began jointly patrolling in northern Syria as part of a plan to establish a safe zone along the Syrian border.

"Yes, there are some joint patrols but other than that, the steps that have been taken or the steps that are said to be taken are cosmetic steps", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.

Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters away from its border.

Turkey and the USA military personnel Sunday completed the first joint ground patrol for the formation of a safe zone east of Euphrates in northern Syria.

There are serious differences between the expectations of USA and Turkey regarding the safe zone, said Executive Director of the Washington-based SETA, Kadir Ustun. Ankara considers the fighters terrorists, claiming they are joined to a Kurdish insurgency within just Turkey's borders.

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The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of terror group PKK, which has been responsible for the deaths of almost 40,000 people in Turkey, including many children, women, and infants, for more than 30 years.

"We are speaking about an ally who can not act independently from the terror organization", Cavusoglu said, referring to the U.S. USA troops on Saturday also conducted patrols with the local Syrian Kurdish-led forces, which annoyed Turkey. "To clear this location of terrorists is a make a difference of national safety".

A USA military delegation visited the Turkish General Staff headquarters over a safe zone in Syria, according to the country's National Defence Ministry on Tuesday. The U.S. and Syrian Kurdish forces refer to it as a "stability system".

USEUCOM's U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Twitty and USCENTCOM's U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson will visit the Turkish General Staff headquarters in Ankara, said the ministry in its Twitter account.

"We are seeing that the United States is entering a stalling process. and that it is trying get Turkey accustomed to this stalling process". The military officials from the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies also established a joint operation center in Akcakale on August 29.

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