Turkey not satisfied with current state of talks with US on safe zone: minister

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Turkey is not satisfied with the current state of talks with the United States to establish a planned “safe zone” in northern Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday, Reuters reported.

Ankara wants NATO ally Washington to clear a 480-km-long (300-mile-long) border area from the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, warning of unilateral action otherwise.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said earlier on Friday that efforts were on schedule, but warned that Turkey had completed military preparations along its border.

Speaking to reporters after the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Çavuşoğlu reiterated Ankara’s warning that it will act unilaterally if talks did not yield results.

He also said Washington was considering re-including Turkey in the F-35 fighter jet programme, from which Ankara was suspended over its purchase of Russian defense systems.

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