Vice President Mike Pence Announces Turkey Has Agreed to a Ceasefire in Syria

By PoliZette Staff | October 17, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday during a press conference that the United States has convinced the nation of Turkey to agree to a ceasefire in Syria.

Speaking in Ankara, Turkey, after more than five hours of talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Pence told reporters the two countries “have both mutually committed to a peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone, working on an international basis to ensure that peace and security defines this border region of Syria.”

Pence also said that Turkey and the United States had committed to “defeat ISIS activities in north Syria.”

That includes an agreement to “coordinate efforts on detention facilities and internally displaced persons in formerly ISIS-controlled areas.”

Turkey, as part of this agreement, will pause all military operations for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of YPG forces; the latter is made up mostly of ethnic Kurds, according to multiple news outlets.

Pence added on Thursday the ceasefire means the United States would not place further economic sanctions on Turkey — and that it would remove the sanctions that already exist once the ceasefire is implemented.

Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had traveled to Turkey for talks with Erdogan on just this topic.

President Donald Trump praised the agreement in comments to reporters in Fort Worth, Texas, calling it “an incredible agreement.”

“This is an incredible outcome … something they [the previous administration] were trying to get for 10 years … I guess I’m an unconventional person … In the end, they were there,” said Trump. “This is about the nation, not Republicans or Democrat … During the five-day ceasefire … they’ll be moving around the safe zone.”

“And we’ve gotten everything we’ve ever dreamed of,” he added.

Trump also said he “wanted to thank everyone,” including Turkey’s president, and the Kurds.

“If we didn’t go this unconventional, tough-love approach,” added the president, the agreement might not have happened.

“It’s a great day for civilization,” he also said.

The president heads to Dallas tonight to address supporters in a major campaign rally.

Ahead of the news conference, Trump also called the development “great news.”

He said “millions of lives” would be saved from this action.

Here are two of his most recent tweets:

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  • Making deals with terrorist such as Turkey, who are the Ottoman Empire that killed 50 million Christians. Is about as good as making deals with Pelosi and her al left radicals. Nether one believe in telling the truth.

  • To bring back home American soldiers from the mid East was a campaign promise of the president. Unlike convention career politicians he is trying to keep them even working against the corrupt House and Senate. He is not perfect and WILL make mistakes. I think he did the right thing by removing our troops from an ongoing situation with no end in sight. If we go to war it should be to decide it quickly, not to stay forever risking our soldiers lives.

  • Perhaps Steney, Chucky and Numb Nancy wil see this as as a reminder of who's in charge, who's the POTUS and who's the Commander in Chief!

  • Just like that Trump spoke and Erdogan stopped. Talk about world clout! What do you think Erdogan would have done if Obama had told him to stop?

  • Nancy, I need a drink Pelosi and Chuckie must be going crazy again. President Trump has shown he is a proven winner. Nancy and Chuckie are losers. I love it!

  • Firstly I was sceptical about the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, because I thought the 50 or so troops worked as a psychological leash on Erdogan against invading and risking hurting/killing passive Americans. And it would have very likely worked this way. But now I think that manipulating Syria + Russia + Kurds into fighting the Turks is not a bad idea at all. Let them stew in this endless centennials-long quagmire without American casualties and put economical pressure on Erdogan or even better - kick Turkey out of NATO and withdraw all the assets from Incirlik Air Base (a hard objective to achieve).

  • Now if Erdogan is a good fellow "if" being the operative word then Trump's tough love approach was a good move. Dang Trump has good instincts.

    Now where is the European countries like France and Germany?

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