May 2, 2019 / 11:03 AM / 7 months ago

Turkey, U.S. getting closer on issue of Syria safe zone - foreign minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, May 2, 2019. Fatih Aktas/Turkish Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States are getting closer to an agreement on the details of a planned safe zone in northeast Syria along the Turkish border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

Cavusoglu was responding to a question at a news conference about Turkish talks this week with the U.S. special envoy for Syria. Turkey wants to set up a safe zone east of the Euphrates river after the majority of U.S. troops pull out of the country.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Daren Butler

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