Sunday, November 17, 2019
News

US threatens more sanctions on Turkey over Syria offensive

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Washington | Thursday, 2019 3:45:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump has threatened that Ankara will face "devastating" sanctions if high-level discussions between the two sides do not "work it out".

"I think they'll have a successful meeting," Trump said on Wednesday at the White House in a joint press conference with visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella, referring to Vice President Mike Pence's meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan scheduled for Thursday, Xinhua reported.

"If they don't, the sanctions and tariffs and other things that we're doing -- we will do and are doing to Turkey -- will be devastating to Turkey's economy," Trump added.

Pence, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other senior officials, headed to Turkey on Wednesday, campaigning for a cease-fire for Turkey's offensive in Syria, which has already been denied by Erdogan.

Pence is expected to meet Erdogan on Thursday, when he will "reiterate President Trump's commitment to maintain punishing economic sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached," according to a statement released by Pence's office Tuesday.

The US on Monday rolled out a package of sanctions on Turkey over its military operations in Syria, including blacklisting senior Turkish officials, halting bilateral trade negotiations and raising tariffs on steel imports from the country.

The sanctions came days after Turkey launched military operations targeting the Kurdish forces in several parts of northeast Syria. The Turkish campaign came after Trump's order over the weekend to withdraw around 1,000 US troops from northern Syria.

--IANS pgh/

( 254 Words)

2019-10-17-09:50:04 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
5 of a family killed in California shoot...
Chinese soldiers join clean-up efforts i...
Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi ...
US, S Korea to delay air drills as 'act ...
Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanks PM Modi for wi...
Two ISIS terrorists arrested, weapons se...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Amit Shah launches 'Winter Grade Diesel'...
BJP Parliamentary Executive meeting held...
Pilgrims throng Sabarimala as 2-month se...
New WhatsApp bug via MP4 file triggers s...
Farooq Abdullah should be allowed to att...
Shiv Sena MPs allotted seats on oppositi...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
IAAF changes name to World Athletic... 
Maha govt: All eyes on Pawar-Uddhav... 
When Delhi Police took a strong sta... 
Rail services resume in Kashmir val... 
95-year-old Meghalaya Church gutted... 
Saudi Aramco flotation values oil g... 
Delhi Police busts intl scam call c... 
People misuse steroids which is bad...