Erdogan: US troops must also leave Syria, Iraq after Afghanistan

WASHINGTON DC (TASS): Ankara would like to see US troops withdraw from Syria and Iraq, just as they previously left Afgh-anistan. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this in an interview with the American CBS TV channel, which aired on Sunday.

“Of course, if I had a choice, I would like them to leave Syria and Iraq in the same way as they left Afghanistan,” he said, answering the relevant question.

“Because if we are going to establish peace in the world, there is no longer any point in staying in these regions of the world, we can simply give these peoples, these administrations the opportunity to make their own decisions,” Erdogan added.

He was asked whether this means that in this case, Turkey intends to take the place of the United States in Syria.

“Let me say absolutely clearly and honestly: we will never stay where they do not want us to stay, we will never be present where we are not welcome,” the Turkish leader replied.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that the United States, Russia, Iran and Turkey can work collectively to bring peace to Syria and Iraq.

After the United States announced this spring about the decision to withdraw its armed forces from Afghanistan, the radical Taliban movement launched a large-scale operation to establish control over the country.

On August 15, radicals entered Kabul without a fight, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country.

On September 6, the movement announced the establishment of control over the entire Afghan territory, and on September 7, announced the composition of the interim government.

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