US President Trump said he would establish ‘safe zones’ in Syria for people fleeing terrorism.
“I’ll absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people,” he said in a lengthy interview with ABC on Wednesday.
Trump also said Europe had been wrong to let in asylum seekers from the Middle East.
“I think that Europe has made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries.
“[…] It's a disaster what's happening over there [in Europe]. I don't want that to happen here [in the US],” he said.
Trump vowed not to follow the policy of the Obama administration, accusing it of having been unable to properly check immigrants entering the US from Syria and other crisis-stricken states to make sure they had no links to terrorism.
The same month, Turkey launched its Euphrates Shield operation, a military offensive into Syria that involved Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entering the country to drive IS terrorists out of the border territories. It drove the militants from the last 100km (62-mile) strip of border territory they still controlled and created what Turkish officials have already dubbed a “
The territory is now controlled by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, essentially meaning it’s largely governed by Turkey itself.
Muftuoglu stressed that Ankara remains firm in its belief that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no place in the country's future.