Syria: Turkey denies US version of Trump-Erdogan call

'American president did not express concern'

25 January, 10:28

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JANUARY 25 - A phone call between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fueling tension between the United States and Turkey.

    A few hours after the call Wednesday between the two presidents, which focused on the military operation launched Saturday by Ankara against the Kurdish-Syrian enclave of Afrin controlled by US-backed YPG militia, Turkish diplomatic sources said a White House statement on the phone call did not accurately reflect the conversation. According to Ankara, the call was just an ''exchange of point of views'' between the two leaders on Turkey's 'Olive Branch' operation, while ''President Trump did not express any concern regarding an escalation of violence'' connected to the operation, contrary to a version of Trump's statements released by the White House. Turkey also said that Trump did not talk about a ''destructive and false'' rhetoric coming from Turkey, as claimed by the White House.

    Ankara also denied that the conversation mentioned a state of emergency implemented after the failed coup that has been in place in Turkey for over a year and a half.

    Both sides confirmed that the two leaders discussed the consequences of a possible expansion towards the East of Turkish intervention in Syria, towards the Manbij region, where special US forces are present to cooperate with Kurdish militia.


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