US President Donald Trump stated he spoke on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about”a sluggish and extremely coordinated “withdrawal of US troops from Syria.”We talked about ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, and the sluggish and highly collaborated pullout of US troops from the location,”Trump stated in a tweet, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant( ISIL, also understood as ISIS)group.”After several years they are getting home.
Erdogan also discussed”heavily expanded “trade between the US and Turkey, after the two NATO allies’ relationship entered into a tailspin over the summer as a result of a number of concerns.
Erdogan stated in a separate tweet: “I had an efficient call with (Donald Trump) today, in which we consented to reinforce our coordination on a series of issues, including our trade relations and the advancements in Syria.”
Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw soldiers from Syria on Wednesday contributed to the abrupt resignation of Pentagon primary Jim Mattis on Thursday. Mattis mentioned considerable policy differences with the president as a factor giving up.
On Sunday, Trump revealed Mattis would be leaving his post on January 1, 2 months earlier than expected.
Trump’s decision to pull soldiers out of Syria also triggered the early resignation of the United States’s top envoy in the battle against ISIL, Brett McGurk, who stated he would leave at the end of the year, rather of in mid-February as previously prepared.
Washington began air raids in Syria in 2014, a year prior to US ground troops relocated to combat the ISIL group and train Syrian rebels in the war-ravaged nation.
I simply had a long and efficient call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the sluggish & extremely collaborated pullout of U.S. soldiers from the area. After several years they are getting home. We also discussed greatly broadened Trade.
December 23, 2018 Turkey sends out forces to border
The discussion in between the two leaders came in the middle of activity at the Turkish-Syrian border, with Ankara sending supports to the region.
Erdogan, who in the previous weeks threatened to conduct a military operation into northern Syria, said on Saturday that he might hold off the prepared incursion on the armed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) group, after the United States’s surprise statement to withdraw its troops from Syria.