President Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will have nothing left to do in the Syrian town of Manbij once “terrorist organizations” leave the area.
Hours after the Syrian army said it had entered Manbij on Friday, Erdogan signaled that Turkey was not in a hurry to carry out an operation it has threatened to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia from Manbij.
“In the current situation, we are still supporting the integrity of Syrian soil. These areas belong to Syria. Once the terrorist organizations leave the area, we will have nothing left to do there,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul.
“We are against the partitioning of Syria. Our goal is terrorist groups leaving there. If the groups leave, then there is no job left for us,” he stressed.
“We know that Syria is in a psychological action. We know that there is a situation like waving their own flag there. But there is nothing definite there yet.”