Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke about the need to exercise joint control with Russia and Iran over the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria.
“The United States faces some difficulties withdrawing the US troops from Syria. We want to coordinate this process together with Russia and Iran, with whom we have been working in the framework of the Astana process,” the minister said as reported by NTV TV channel. The Foreign Minister spoke about the need for coordination to prevent terrorist organizations from occupying the positions of the US troops.
Çavuşoğlu recalled his visit to Moscow and spoke about the close contact with Iran, “ Whether you like it or not, Iran is a participant. I am saying this to the United States and other countries.”
The United States began the process of withdrawing the US troops from Syria after the US-led international coalition liberated all the territories held by the militants of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Arab republic. The corresponding statement was made by official representatives of the Pentagon on December 19. There are currently about 2,200 soldiers and officers of the US Armed Forces in Syria.