Erdogan calls on Russia, US to pull troops out of Syria

Addis Ababa, November 14, 2017 (FBC) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested Russia and the US should pull their troops out of war-torn 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 say this [Russia and the US] 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 US 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.

"The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn't. The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently," he said.

Source: Aljazeera

Posted by Amare Asrat