Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Cavusoglu: US-Turkey ties may get 'irreversibly harmed'

Cavusoglu: US-Turkey ties may get 'irreversibly harmed'

Hariri, speaking in English, told Reuters in London. It said the force could lead to the splitting up of Syria.

President Donald Trump's worldwide negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, is arriving in Israel on Wednesday for meetings with representatives of. "Turkey will not dare challenge Russia's resolve to maintain Syria's sovereignty over the entire Syrian geography".

French wives of jihadis who were members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and are now held in Kurdish areas of Syria have filed a legal challenge to the French authorities refusing to bring them home, their lawyers said on Wednesday. And the Turkish government, predictably, has gone ballistic.

Nevertheless, Hariri suggested Western powers still had enough influence to push the government to negotiate.

Billed as "UN Geneva talks, but taking place in Vienna", the dates are as yet unconfirmed.

Observers say Erdogan is unlikely to take any step that would put a victory at the 2019 election at risk, including ending the state of emergency that has permitted authorities to ban public gatherings, which some say limited opposition parties' ability to run effective campaigns during the referendum. Nevertheless, the Trump administration should stand its ground.

"The Americans want to test the Russians and the regime in the next round of talks".

Cavusoglu said in Vancouver that different opinions among the Pentagon and US Central Command, as well as different institutions and ministries in the US, over support for the SDF and the PYD/PKK have been causing the problem.

But continued American assistance means the Pentagon will get to have a say in what happens in that vast expanse of desert - which, in its most geopolitically broad definition, runs from Iran to Israel - in the coming years.But there is one friend the U.S. may have failed to take into consideration - Turkey, whose leaders are enraged by the announcement of the new border force.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of "building an army of terror" on his border and threatened to "drown" the US-backed force. "It will open the door wide for a future struggle in the region".

- Russian approval key -The tensions come as Turkey repeatedly warns it is on the verge of launching an operation against towns in Syria controlled by the YPG, including the key centre of Afrin. Turkey would clearly never allow a Kurdish safe zone, and insisting the YPG are terrorists, wouldn't respect such a zone as applying to them even if it was established, as similarly ISIS and al-Qaeda safe zones haven't been.

But Joshua M. Landis, a Syria specialist at the University of Oklahoma, said in an email that the United States was effectively "backing an independent state north of the Euphrates River", one that controls a large portion of Syria's oil and gas reserves and its main electric dam and that has its own army and Kurdish-language school curriculum. The opposition had received no invitation so far, and no final decision on attendance had been made.

"This is about making sure that ISIS is truly defeated and the conditions for its regeneration are eliminated", said Andrew J. Tabler, a Syria specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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