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Turkey says U.S. closer to its views in Syria safe zone talks

August 7, 2019 at 12:28pm
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Turkish-U.S. talks on a planned “safe zone” in northeast Syria have been “positive and rather constructive” and the United States is getting closer to Turkey’s views on the issue, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was reported as saying on Wednesday.

State-owned Anadolu news agency cited Akar as saying its plans for the safe zone, including military deployment, are complete and Turkey has told the United States it would prefer to act together.

Akar was also quoted as saying the Turkish-U.S. talks in Ankara were expected to finish within hours.

Deep differences between the two over the scope and command of the safe zone have raised the prospect of Turkish military action.

(Reuters)