Top Turkish diplomat to visit Anadolu Agency Wednesday


Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will pay a visit to Anadolu Agency’s headquarters in the capital Ankara on Wednesday to discuss Syria deal with Russia.

Cavusgolu will visit Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk at 10 a.m. local time (0700GMT) to share the details of the Syria deal with Russia.

He will also respond to the questions concerning the agenda.

Turkey and Russia reached a 10-point agreement over Syria on Tuesday.

The deal came during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s one-day working visit to Russia’s coastal city of Sochi, where he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and Turkey’s anti-terror operation in northern Syria.

On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

On Oct. 17, a U.S. delegation headed by Vice President Mike Pence paid a working visit to the capital Ankara, where they met Erdogan and discussed Turkey’s anti-terror operation.

Following the meeting, the two sides reached a 13-point agreement on northeastern Syria.

As part of the deal, Turkey paused its anti-terror push east of the Euphrates River for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot YPG/PKK from the planned safe zone. The pause for the anti-terror operation will end Tuesday night.

Ankara and the U.S. also agreed on a 32-kilometer (20-mile) safe zone south of the Turkish border in Syria, where Turkey wants to accommodate Syrian refugees it is currently hosting.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union — has been responsible for deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
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