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Syria safe zone vital for stability, says Turkish FM

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that whether Turkey and US views on the safe zone are overlapping will be seen during upcoming talks.
17.01.2019 - 17:36

Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday said a proposed safe zone in northern Syria is important both for the country's stability and displaced Syrians' return home.

It should emerge at upcoming talks whether Turkish and US views are overlapping or not about the ideas of a Syrian safe zone, something first brought up by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the beginning of the Syria crisis, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a joint press conference with his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Dimitrov.


"The first talk about that was held between our Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler and [his US counterpart] Joseph Dunford in Brussels," Çavuşoğlu said. "A safe zone in northern Syria is important for stability, the return home of Syrians including our Kurdish brothers, and the fight against terrorism," he added.

The safe zone issue was first brought to the global stage when Erdoğan visited the US nearly six years ago, in May 2013. Erdoğan proposed a three-stage plan that included a no-fly zone, a safe zone for civilians, and launching a joint land operation along with coalition forces. A safe zone could enable all internally displaced Syrians to gather as well as civilians taking refuge in Turkey to return and settle.