Pence, Pompeo headed to Turkey for ceasefire negotiations

by John Wesley Reid · Oct 15th, 2019 5:55 pm

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 10:08 am

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be dispatched to Ankara, Turkey, tomorrow to assist with a ceasefire negotiation.

Pence told reporters that President Trump “pressed very strongly” that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan negotiate a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurds. Trump has also threatened Turkey with dramatically increased sanctions in response to their violent aggression toward the Kurds.

“The president of the United States called on the president of Turkey to stop the invasion, to enact an immediate ceasefire and to begin negotiations with Kurdish forces in Syria,” Pence told reporters.

Pence also told reporters that he has received “firm commitment” that the Turks will not be attacking the Syrian city of Kobani, a city heavily populated by Kurds.

President Trump announced that the vice president will be leaving for Turkey Wednesday:

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