Ankara dissatisfied with implementation of Turkish-US agreement on Syrian Manbij - Erdoğan

"I cannot characterize the situation around Manbij as satisfactory," Erdoğan said
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 19:13

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his dissatisfaction with delays in implementation of the Turkish-US agreements on the northern Syria city of Manbij.

In June, Turkey and the United States struck a deal regarding Manbij, agreeing that the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) would withdraw from the city and yield control over Manbij to the Turkish and US troops. 

"I cannot characterize the situation around Manbij as satisfactory. Implementation of the agreement is being delayed. Unfortunately, the process is not developing in a proper direction. Heads of our [Turkish and US] foreign and defense ministries will hold the talks and I hope on some progress," Erdoğan told reporters.

Erdoğan added that he was not going to hold talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump on the issue in the near future.