Trump urges closer cooperation with Turkey on Syria

Trump urges closer cooperation with Turkey on Syria

Trump urges closer cooperation with Turkey on Syria

Erdogan was speaking Monday before departing for the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Varna to attend a likely arduous Turkey-EU summit meeting.

This marked Trump's first personal, public comment on the Western response after he allowed his spokeswoman to announce Washington's unprecedented decision to expel 60 alleged Russian agents.

Over 25 countries, including the United States and European Union member states, chose to expel Russian diplomats over Moscow's alleged involvement in the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.

Manbij sits on the west bank of the Euphrates.

The Turkish military said on March 24 that it had established full control over Syria's Afrin after more than two months of battles with US-backed militants controlling Syria's northern border regions.

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The government of Turkey will abstain from acting against Russian Federation in the diplomatic war waged by the United States and the European Union (EU), according to the statements of Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag published today by the newspaper Hürriyet.

Turkey will continue to provide medical support to the region, he added.

The MGK meeting was chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with participation of Premier Minister, Chief of General Staff, and other high-ranking officials.

"We hope that this summit will open a new door, the relationship will gain a new acceleration", he said.During the summit, several matters relating to Turkey-EU relations, economy, counterterrorism, foreign policy, Palestine, the Balkans, Syria, Iraq and Libya will be discussed.

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