Istanbul, Turkey – Before his travel to New York to attend the meetings of the U.N. General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in a press conference on Sunday that the Turkish troops were coordinating with the International Coalition forces to establish a buffer zone inside Syria.
“Being part of the International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) depends on Turkey’s national security,” Erdogan said, pointing out that the Turkish attitude would not be announced prior to the GA’s meetings.
Erdogan made clear before the Turkish hostages had been released that Turkey’s concern for their safety was the primary reason for its hesitation to participate in the US-led coalition.
Meanwhile, Samantha Power, US ambassador in the United Nations, commented on the statements of the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, that Iran may play a role in the anti-IS coalition, saying: “I think the U.S. Secretary of State wanted to say that Iran considers IS an enemy.”
On Monday, the U.S., in collaboration with state members of the anti-terrorism International Coalition, carried out its first operations in Syria. Air strikes targeted the strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al Qaeda offshoot, as well as Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate, inside Syria.
Several Arab countries joined the U.S. led coalition and participated in targeting IS and Nusra headquarters in Syria during the early hours of Monday, among them Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Jordan.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News
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