Pompeo: Turkish military action in Syria would be 'devastating'

Orient Net 2019-04-04 12:42:00

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (April 3) claimed Turkish military action in Syria would have "devastating" results as he met in Washington with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, DS reported.

"Secretary Pompeo expressed support for ongoing negotiations regarding northeast Syria, while warning of the potentially devastating consequences of unilateral Turkish military action in the region," the State Department said in a statement after their talks.

Turkey has been saying it could carry out another cross-border operation into Syria to rid the region east of the Euphrates River of terrorists. 

Turkey maintains that it has the right under international law to defend against from threats to national security, including the danger posed by a "terror corridor" in northern Syria.

Cavusoglu said earlier on Wednesday that the US lacked a "clear strategy" in Syria, with different positions coming from various parts of the government.

"There is no clear strategy, this is the problem," he emphasized.

Pompeo and Cavusoglu's meeting came hours after US Vice President Mike Pence remarked that Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-missile system, which Washington considers a threat to US military equipment, would threaten the relationship between the NATO allies.

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