October 24, 2019 / 6:58 PM / 18 days ago

Turkey to have an observation area near Syria's Manbij - Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, October 24, 2019. Mustafa Kamaci/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey agreed with Russia to have an observation area on the northwestern part of Syria’s Manbij to protect the area, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

“We have requested an area of 5X19 (km) on the northwest of Manbij to protect the area. We reached an agreement on this with Russia ... it is like an observation post,” Erdogan said,

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Chris Reese

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