October 17, 2019

Politics

Pence and Pompeo are tasked with securing a cease-fire agreement from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose forces have invaded northeastern Syria to attack the Kurds. 

Turkey’s incursion, which began shortly after Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, has unleashed a free-for-all inside that corner of Syria, with Russia, Iran and other powers vying for influence.

“Our mission set is to see if we can get a cease fire, see if we can get this brokered,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday, before boarding a plane to Ankara.

Pence set to make ceasefire case to Erdogan, after release of ‘tough guy’ letter

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were due to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Thursday in an effort to persuade him to implement a cease-fire in the escalating Syria conflict.

The diplomatic overture is set to take place just hours after President Donald Trump downplayed the deteriorating conflict and described the Kurdish forces who are fighting Erdogan’s troops as “no angels.”

It also follows the news that Trump wrote an extraordinary letter to Erdogan warning him not to be “a tough guy” on the same day that Turkish forces launched their attack on northern Syria last week.

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