U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that “good news” is coming from the truce area in Syria, and the ceasefire is being respected.
“We get very good news from there. The ceasefire is being respected,” Trump said at a White House meeting, according to reporters from the presidential pool.
Turkey has been conducting “Channel of Peace” operation against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria since October 9. The U.S. and Turkey on October 17 agreed to suspend the operation for 120 hours and withdraw Kurdish militias from the 30-kilometer buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border, which Ankara intends to control on its own.
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly condemned Turkey’s occupation policy in northern Syria. Russia has said Turkey needs to avoid actions that could stand in the way of a settlement of the Syrian conflict that has been going on since 2011.