Turkey to join anti-ISIS coalition only if Assad targeted

Erdogan pushes for no-fly zone in Syria, criticizes US

19 November, 19:20

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 19 - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized the US for not yet agreeing to Turkey's conditions for its participation in the anti-Islamic State (ISIS) coalition, reports Hurriyet. The international community ''has not yet taken the steps we recommended to them,'' Erdogan told reporters, referring to the demand to designate toppling the Bashar Al-Assad regime as an objective and to take military measures to this end. ''Establishing security zones inside Syria and creating a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace are among Turkey's conditions before it will actively participate in the coalition. For its part, Washington has been requesting the opening of a number of Turkish air bases to facilitate an aerial campaign conducted by coalition fighters,'' reports Hurriyet. ''Turkey's position will surely continue as it is unless (its recommendations) are put in place,'' Erdogan added.

    The only deal currently on the table between Turkey and the US is to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition groups but, as Erdogan said, no final agreement has been made on this issue either, notes Hurriyet. (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved

    Business opportunities

    The information system of business
    opportunities abroad

    News from Mediterranean