October 14, 2019 / 10:22 PM / a month ago

Pence says Trump spoke to Erdogan and asked for immediate ceasefire

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence meets with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (not pictured) at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, September 5, 2019. Peter Summers/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday said President Donald Trump had spoken to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and asked for an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

“The United States of America did not give a green light for Turkey to invade Syria,” Pence said to reporters in front of the White House.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who joined Pence, said the Treasury Department was taking economic action against Turkish ministries and senior Turkish government officials in response to the country’s military operations in Syria.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Sandra Maler

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