October 10, 2019 / 4:57 PM / a month ago

Turkish offensive will not go beyond 30 km into Syria: foreign minister

FILE PHOTO: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a preparatory meeting for the GCC, Arab and Islamic summits in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s incursion will not go further than 30 km into northeast Syria, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, as Turkish forces pressed on against Kurdish fighters in the second day of the operation.

Speaking to broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu said that the security threat which Turkey says it faces from the presence of Kurdish fighters on its border would be eliminated if the area was cleared of militants.

“When we go 30 km deep in the safe zone, terror there will be removed,” he said.

Cavusoglu also said Turkey had the right to use air space over Syria as part of its campaign. “We have the right to use that air space,” he said. “That air space does not belong to the United States. It has no right to control that air space.”

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu

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