Turkey rejects US proposal for ceasefire

Added On October 17, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump's proposal for a ceasefire with the Syrian Kurdish fighters, but agrees to keep in dialogue with Washington.
On Tuesday, Erdogan told journalists that Trump made the offer over a phone conversation earlier. He added that a delegation, led by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, will arrive in Turkey on Wednesday.
According to the Turkish broadcaster NTV, Erdogan is lukewarm about a cease-fire. The president was quoted as saying "we will make a deal first, then we will talk about the truce".
On October 9, Turkey started a military operation in northern Syria in an attempt to clear Kurdish militants from the area. The Turkish incursion also aims to create a safe zone in northern Syria to resettle millions of Syrian refugees currently hosted by Turkey.