U.S. President Donald Trump ordered sanctions on two Turkish ministries and three Turkish ministers be lifted following what he said was Turkey’s vow to halt its operation in northeast Syria. Trump said the Turkish government informed his administration earlier Wednesday morning “that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, and making the cease-fire permanent.”
“However, you would define the word ‘permanent’ in that part of the world as somewhat questionable,” Trump said in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room. “The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we’re not happy with.” “Today’s announcement validates our course of action with Turkey,” he added.
Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey’s Defense, and Energy and Natural Resources ministries, as well as Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez.
The Treasury Department confirmed, following Trump’s announcement, that all of the sanctions have been removed. On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara agreed with Washington on Oct. 17 to pause its operation to allow YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the planned safe zone.
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