October 22, 2019 / 10:53 PM / 3 months ago

U.S. tells Turkey withdrawal of Kurdish fighters complete: Turkish defense ministry

ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States told Turkey the withdrawal of Kurdish militants from the “safe zone” Ankara demands in northern Syria was complete, the Turkish defense ministry said in a statement early on Wednesday.

The statement added there was no need to initiate another operation outside the current area of operation at this stage.

Under a truce brokered by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Turkey had agreed to a 5-day ceasefire in northern Syria, which expired on Tuesday.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Chris Reese

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