US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

File photo showing US special forces personnel working with Kurdish allies who played a key role in battles against Daesh in Syria. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018

US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

WASHINGTON: The United States and Turkey say they have agreed on a “roadmap” to resolve a rift between the two NATO allies over the strategic north Syrian town of Manbij.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. A joint statement from the two governments says they “endorsed a roadmap” that aims to “ensure the security and stability in Manbij.”
The statement included no details and the State Department had no immediate comment.
But Cavusoglu says US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia groups will withdraw from Manbij under a plan that could be implemented within six months. He says US and Turkish officials would temporarily ensure security in Manbij.
Kurdish-led forces captured Manbij from Daesh militants in 2016.


Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accord

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Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accord

  • Mohamed Younis AB Menfi had 72 hours to leave the country
  • The Greek FM called the Turkey-Libyan accord a ‘blatant violation of international law’

ATHENS: Greece on Friday said it was expelling the Libyan ambassador to the country, angered at an accord signed on Nov. 27 between Libya and Turkey mapping out a sea boundary between the two countries close to Crete.
Mohamed Younis AB Menfi had 72 hours to leave the country, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told a news briefing. Dendias called the Turkey-Libyan accord a ‘blatant violation of international law’.