Turkish government will discuss the launching of a military operation east of the Euphrates River in Syria at its National Security Council today.

Earlier the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper held phone talks and discussed the establishment of the safe zone in northern Syria, the Turkish Defence ministry said in a statement.

“Minister Akar had a phone call today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mr. Esper. During the call, Minister Akar stated that Turkey’s expectation from the U.S. is to terminate entirely its support for the PKK/YPG [Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)] terror organization”, the statement read.

According to the text, Akar stressed that if Ankara and Washington fail to reach an understanding on the matter, Turkey will establish the safe zone unilaterally.

The council, chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will also discuss developments regarding the East Mediterranean, the Russian S-400s and the F-35 fighter jets in capital Ankara.



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