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Erdogan: Turkey Won't Forget Trump's 'Tough Guy' Letter

Erdogan: Turkey Won't Forget Trump's 'Tough Guy' Letter
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Friday, 18 October 2019 08:47 AM

Turkey's president says his country "cannot forget" the harshly worded letter from U.S. President Donald Trump about the Turkish military offensive into Syria.

But he added that the mutual "love and respect" between the two leaders prevents him from keeping it on Turkey's agenda.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday made his first comments concerning the Oct. 9 letter from Trump, in which among other things he warned Erdogan not to be a "tough guy."

Speaking to foreign journalists in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Turkey would "do what's necessary" concerning the letter "when the time comes." He did not elaborate.

Erdogan said: "President Trump's letter, which did not go hand in hand with political and diplomatic courtesy, has appeared in the media. Of course we haven't forgotten it. It would not be right for us to forget it."

Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters launched their offensive against Kurdish militias in Syria a week ago. That came two days after Trump suddenly announced he was withdrawing American troops from the border area.

Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw.

Erdogan also denied reports of ongoing clashes in northeastern Syria a day after the cease-fire deal was announed.

He also said he had informed Trump about the offensive in a phone call a day before launching it.

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Turkey's president says his country "cannot forget" the harshly worded letter from U.S. President Donald Trump about the Turkish military offensive into Syria. But he added that the mutual "love and respect" between the two leaders prevents him from keeping it on Turkey's...
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