January 15, 2019 / 10:55 AM / 9 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says planned 20-mile safe zone in Syria may be extended

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he viewed a planned 20-mile (32 km) safe zone in Syria positively and added that its range may be extended further.

Erdogan said earlier that he had discussed a safe zone which Turkey would set up in Syria during a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters in parliament, Erdogan also said he would most likely meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 23.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans

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