“The question of the presence of a military contingent acting on the authority of a third country on the territory of a sovereign country and especially Syria must be decided directly by Damascus,” Maria Zakharova said in answer to a question about the Turkish safe zone plan. “That’s our base position.”
“I have requested access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and a meeting with the ambassador of the Kingdom of Saud Arabia in Turkey. I have also sought permission to conduct a similar country-visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” – Agnès Callamard, United Nations human rights investigator.
“Trump asked: ‘If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?’”, a Turkish official said. He said Erdogan replied that Turkish forces were up to the task. “Then you do it,” Trump told him abruptly. John Bolton, also on the call, Trump said: “Start work for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.”
“Right now it is being said that some ditches, tunnels were dug in Manbij and to the east of the Euphrates. They can dig tunnels or ditches if they want, they can go underground if they want, when the time and place comes they will buried in the ditches they dug. No one should doubt this.” – Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.