WASHINGTON D.C – US President Donald Trump said that on Sunday, December 23, he “talked long and productively” on the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Syria.
“I just had a long and productive talk on the phone with Turkish President Erdogan. We discussed ISIS our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow and highly coordinated pullout of U.S troops from the area,” the American president wrote on Twitter .
I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of U.S. troops from the area. After many years they are coming home. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2018
He also added that he had discussed significantly increased trade between the two countries with Erdogan.
On December 21st, Trump and Erdogan also held a telephone conversation, after which the Turkish leader said that the next operation of Ankara in Syria is postponed . The Turkish Foreign Ministry explained that this was due to the reluctance to provoke a return fire from the US Army, which would leave the region. Erdogan announced the operation on December 12th, it was expected that military actions would be directed against the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
December 19th, Trump ordered the complete withdrawal of troops from Syria. He said that the United States defeated the forces of the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in the Russian Federation) in Syria and that the US military was in the republic only for this purpose. Against this background, on December 21, the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis, resigned.
Later, Trump said that the Middle East region, such as Turkey , could take care of the remnants of terrorists in Syria .
The United States conducts military operations in Syria without the consent of the government of the state . The authorities of the republic have repeatedly appealed to the UN with a request to bring the United States to responsibility for the actions of the international coalition led by the American side.
Erdogan’s concession to Trump signals a development seen over the past several weeks, wherein the leaders of the mutually estranged states have made gestures to reconcile the two countries’ difference, and work towards what would effectively be a rapprochement.