Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria
Speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said talks with Washington and Moscow on Syria’s Kobani and Manbij towns continued, and added it was “not negative” for the Syrian army to enter Manbij as long as militants in the area were cleared, NTV said.
He also said he told Trump that Turkey would “not negotiate with a terrorist organization” in response to Trump’s mediation offer.
Separately, the Turkish presidency said on Tuesday that Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call that Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria would contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, Syria’s territorial integrity, and a political solution process.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Chris Reese