Erdogan: US forces began to withdraw from northeast Syria after contact with Trump

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY) — US forces have begun withdrawing from areas in northeastern Syria after a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding talks with US officials on the issue would continue.

The White House said on Sunday evening that Turkish troops would soon go ahead with their long-planned military operation there to create what it calls a “safe zone” and that US forces would not participate or support the Turkish operation.

Erdogan told reporters in Ankara before leaving for a visit to Serbia that he planned to visit Washington to meet Trump in the first half of November. He said the two leaders would discuss plans for the safe area and he also hoped to resolve a dispute over F-35 fighter jets during the visit.

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