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Trump threatens to “devastate Turkey economically”

Even the head of the American diplomacy publicly admits his inability to explain Donald Trump's untimely exits on the Middle East. "It will be necessary to ask the PresidentSaid Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a journalist who questioned him about the meaning of the threat of "economically devastate Turkey"Brandished by his boss in a tweet posted Sunday. Pompeo was in Riyadh on Monday, the last leg of his tour to present the US strategy in the region.

After several weeks of contradictory statements about the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, Trump seemed to sum up his position in a heated tweet: "[Nous] let us finally begin the withdrawal from Syria while striking hard and on all sides the little that remains of the caliphate of the IS. Let's attack again from an existing base if it reform. Turkey will devastate economically if it strikes the Kurds. Create a secure area of ​​30 kilometers … […] At the same time, we do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. " A synthesis that introduces new question marks rather than answers, disconcerting allies and opponents of the United States.

"A safe and peaceful border"

"Threats do not scare usSaid Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday in reaction to the US President's tweet. "It's impossible to get anything from the economic threat," he added before giving a lesson in knowing how to govern – "Strategic partners do not talk to each other via social mediaAnd to recall that it was Trump who called on his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to inform him of his willingness to leave Syria in a coordinated way with Turkey.

Regarding the proposal to create a 30-kilometer buffer zone in northern Syria, the Turkish minister said it was a proposal made from the beginning by President Erdogan. Monday, Mike Pompeo tried to clarify, but his explanation seemed very vague: "We want a safe and peaceful border for all partiessaid the Secretary of State. We want to make sure that the people who fought with us to put down ISIS have security and that terrorists operating from Syria are not able to attack Turkey. " But he took the precaution of adding that "the precise methodology by which we are going to get that security for both elements along the border is something we are still working on".

Pending these clarifications, the prospect of new economic sanctions against Ankara dropped the Turkish lira on Monday, making it lose more than 1.3% of its value against the dollar compared to Friday night.

Hala Kodmani

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