Middle East Turkey says not right to discuss Syrian ‘safe zone’ with U.S.

Turkey says not right to discuss Syrian ‘safe zone’ with U.S.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it would not be right for Turkey and the United States to discuss a potential “safe zone” in Syria until trust issues between the NATO allies are resolved, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, local media had quoted Cavusoglu as saying that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had proposed a 30 km safe zone along Turkey’s border with Syria.

“There was a loss of trust with the United States during this period. Until trust is instilled again, it is not right for these issues to be discussed,” Hurriyet quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

Cavusoglu’s comments appeared to be in line with those of a senior U.S. official this week, who had said that Turks had not been ready to engage in detail on such a proposal.

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