Live Feed: Pence Says US, Turkey Agreed To Ceasefire In Syria; Lira Soars

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Live Feed: Pence Says US, Turkey Agreed To Ceasefire In Syria; Lira Soars

update: A deal has been reached for Turkey to suspend military operations, as Vice President Pence has confirmed in a briefing to reporters. “A pause in military operations for 120 hours” while the US facilitates an “orderly withdrawal” outside a 20-mile ‘safe zone’.

  • POMPEO: WORK REMAINS IN REGION, DEAL SETS GROUND FOR RESOLUTION
  • PENCE: TURKEY AGREED TO CEASE OPS PERMANENTLY AFTER WITHDRAWAL
  • PENCE SAYS TRUMP VERY GRATEFUL FOR EFFORT ON CEASEFIRE

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The Turkish Lira surged, making the biggest move in years…

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Visible tension pervaded the icy photo opp during Thursday’s meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara — a meeting which the latter initially rejected, saying he would only meet with Trump, amid a White House initiative to push for a ceasefire in northern Syria. 

The Pence-Pompeo-Erdogan meeting, which reports say lasted for about 90 minutes, which was significantly “longer than planned,” also came after Trump’s strange “don’t be a fool” letter to Erdogan was made public, which Turkish officials say Erdogan threw in the trash.

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It was further less than 24 hours after Trump seemed to downplay Turkey’s invasion against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, saying the fight was over land that “has nothing to do with us.”

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The president told reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday, “If Turkey goes into Syria, that’s between Turkey and Syria,” and added, “It’s not between Turkey and the United States.”

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All of this means that the US delegation went to Ankara with perhaps significantly less leverage (also considering Erdogan isn’t dealing with Trump directly); however, also after the White House authorized sanctions on Turkey this week, vowing that more could come. 

The US has demanded that Erdogan immediately halt his ‘Operation Peace Spring’ — to which Erdogan responded this week he’ll pursue the Turkish ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria even without international backing or support of allies. 

A Turkish official told Reuters of Trump’s now viral letter, which apparently wasn’t reviewed or proofed by his staff: “The letter Trump sent did not have the impact he expected in Turkey because it had nothing to take seriously.”

“What is clear is that Turkey does not want a terrorist organization on its border and the operation will not stop because of the reaction that has been coming.”

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Tyler Durden

Thu, 10/17/2019 – 13:33

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