The United States continues to put more pressure on the Turkish regime to stop its aggression in north-eastern Syria, AFP reported on Tuesday, October 15th.
President Donald Trump asserted Washington’s stance regarding the crisis, saying, “We are asking for a ceasefire... We put the strongest sanctions that you can imagine.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel Wednesday, October 16th to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters.
Pence will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, October 18th to reiterate Trump's commitment to punishing economic sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached.
Washington plans to impose more sanctions on Turkey and is studying taking more punitive measures if no resolution is reached, according to a senior US official.
"The plan is to continue the pressure on Turkey as we evaluate our chances to return the relationship to normal, a major element of that return to normal would be a ceasefire,” the senior administration official said.
Trump imposed economic sanctions on Turkey due to Ankara’s aggression in Syria.
The US president’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria left the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the mercy of Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies.