President Donald Trump on Thursday, October 10th suggested mediating a deal between Turkey and the Kurds as one of three options he proposed, as Turkey has launched a widely criticised military offensive in northern Syria.
“We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!” Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
Turkey launched the so-called “Peace Spring” offensive on Wednesday, October 9th against Kurdish fighters, in clear violation of Syrian sovereignty and territory. The offensive has so far caused thousands of Syrians to flee and killed dozens, according to media reports.
Trump said the Kurds and Turkey “have been fighting each other for 200 years,” while no US troops are currently present in the area under attack.
“We defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area under attack by Turkey, in Syria. We did our job perfectly!” Trump’s Twitter thread read.
US Senators Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday, October 9th disclosed proposed sanctions that would target Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s US assets and also military transactions with Turkey, Reuters reported.
Sanctions would include banning Turkey from purchasing US defence articles and make Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system subject to sanctions.