UAE newspaper: 2 US delegations in Turkey to discuss buffer zone

The UAE National newspaper said that it is supposed that two US delegations will visit Turkey this week to discuss the "buffer zone" proposed in Syria and improve the economic part of the US peace plan led by the President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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According to the UAE newspaper, "The joint US-Turkish work group will meet in Ankara later this week, three weeks after Washington meeting to discuss the parameters of the "buffer zone", the US arms' sales and the economic cooperation between the two countries."

The newspaper sees that instead of the region that Turkey wants to control, and which is rejected by the Kurds and the Syrian government, Trump's administration looks forward to bring together an international force including 2,000 soldiers with the help of NATO.

Aaron Stein, the director of the Middle East program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute sees a growing difference in the US and Turkish views about Syria, and he said, "They share a little commonalities in Syria."

Stein made clear that it seems that the American officials want to control the proposed buffer zone, while Turkey said that it wants the full control over the buffer zone.

Stein also said that these positions are opposed to each other and for obvious reasons; the United States' proposal does not deal with the sustainable development framework in a way that Turkey wants to accept it, and vice versa.

The other delegation is headed by Jared Kushner who is scheduled to visit Turkey on Wednesday to meet the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Monday, Kochner began a tour in six nations that include Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, where he is expected to present Washington's policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, including the establishment of the border, and he is accompanied by the Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and the US Envoy to Iran Brian Hook.

 


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