Turkey’s Er­do­gan calls on Washington, Moscow to with­draw troops from Syria

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WORLD REPORT -

TURK­ISH Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan has sug­gested Rus­sia and Washington should pull their troops out of wartorn Syria af­ter their lead­ers -Vladimir Putin and Don­ald Trump - said there was “no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion” to the coun­try’s long-run­ning con­flict.

“I am hav­ing trou­ble un­der­stand­ing th­ese comments,” Er­do­gan was quoted by re­porters as say­ing on Mon­day be­fore he flew out to Rus­sia’s coastal city of Sochi for talks with Putin.

“If a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion (in Syria) is out of the ques­tion, then those who said this (Rus­sia and the U.S.) Should pull their troops out ... and steps for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion should be taken,” he said.

Er­do­gan’s comments came two days af­ter the Krem­lin re­leased a state­ment, is­sued on the side­lines of an Asia-pa­cific sum­mit in Viet­nam, in which Putin and Trump agreed there was no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion to the con­flict in Syria. They also called on all par­ties to take part in the Geneva process - diplo­matic ef­forts to end Syria’s con­flict un­der the aus­pices of the United Na­tions.

Rus­sia has been a ma­jor backer of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad, while the U.S. has been sup­port­ing the Syr­ian YPG Kur­dish forces on the ground.

In his re­ported comments, Er­do­gan said nei­ther Rus­sia nor the US would be pulling out of Syria soon.

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