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U.S. to seek Syria ceasefire during meeting with Erdogan: Pompeo Updated: 2019-10-17 09:30:45 KST


Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan face-to-face on Thursday in a bid to convince him to end Turkey's military action in Syria.
Speaking on Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Pompeo said the trip is to find a resolution to the Syria crisis, not to break the U.S.-Turkey relationship.
Erdogan had initially indicated his refusal to speak to U.S. officials only to reverse his decision in comments to the Turkish press.
Emphasizing the need to stop the incursion into Syria, Pompeo said a ceasefire is required before they can start to rectify the situation.
Asked if he held Erdogan personally responsible for the crisis, Pompeo just noted that they have to "remember it's a complex situation."
Meanwhile, a letter sent last week by President Trump to his Turkish counterpart has been revealed.
Trump warned Erdogan on October 9th not be a "tough guy" or a "fool", when Trump's attempt to halt Erdogan's operation failed as Turkey pushed ahead with its attack on Syria.
While making it crystal clear that the Turkish incursion is none of his country's business, Trump is now using nuclear weapons housed in Turkey as bargaining chips.
New York Times reported on Monday that the Trump administration is reviewing plans to remove some 50 nuclear weapons at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
Although Trump had previously bragged about nuclear deployment, according to the Arms Control Association, any mention about nuclear weapon deployment in any country must not be disclosed.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.
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