October 18, 2019 / 1:14 AM / a month ago

Erdogan says joint U.S. effort on Syria will promote peace

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (not pictured) meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter on Thursday he is confident that joint efforts with the United States will promote peace and stability after the two sides agreed to pause Turkey’s military offensive in northeastern Syria.

“Mr. President, many more lives will be saved when we defeat terrorism, which is humanity’s arch enemy,” he wrote in response to a post on Twitter in which U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the deal earlier on Thursday as “great news.”

“I am confident that this joint effort will promote peace and stability in our region,” Erdogan added.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Chris Reese

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