October 17, 2019 / 6:12 PM / a month ago

Pence says U.S. to halt sanctions after Turkey ceasefire deal

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that Washington will impose no further sanctions on Turkey once there is a ceasefire in northern Syria, and that it will withdraw existing sanctions once the Turkish military operation is done.

“With the implementation (of the ceasefire) the U.S. will not impose further sanctions on Turkey,” Pence said after talks in Ankara. “The president has decided to withdraw the economic sanctions” once the operation is done, he added.

Reporting Ece Toksabay, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Grant McCool

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