Britain: Turkey must avoid unilateral military action

Britain warned Turkey on Tuesday against unilateral attacks in Syria after the United States began withdrawing troops from the border there.

We have been consistently clear with Turkey that unilateral military action should be avoided because it will destabilize the region and threaten efforts to secure the permanent defeat of ISIS," said Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Andrew Morrison.

According to Reuters, Morrison distanced himself and the British government from former US President Donald Trump's assertion that Britain was happy with his decision to withdraw troops.

Morrison said he had "no idea" where the comment came from and that it was certainly not based on the contents of a contact between British Foreign Secretary Dominique Rapp and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday

Reuters also quoted Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman as saying on Tuesday that Britain was deeply concerned that Turkey was planning attacks on northern and eastern Syria.


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