|10 September, 2019

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria

Erdogan said Ankara and Washington needed to establish a "safe zone" in the region as soon as possible

ANKARA - Turkey cannot handle a new wave of migrants from northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that Ankara and Washington needed to establish a "safe zone" in the region as soon as possible.

The NATO allies have agreed to establish a safe zone in northeast Syria along Turkey's southern border, and to clear the area of Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters. On Sunday, Turkish and U.S. troops carried out their first joint military land patrol in the region.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer) ((tuvan.gumrukcu@tr.com; +90 312 292 7021; @tuvangumrukcu; Reuters Messaging: tuvan.gumrukcu.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

More From Levant