Trump announces lifting of sanctions on Turkey

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday reaching “a permanent ceasefire” in northern Syria and lifting of all sanctions imposed on Turkey.

In a televised statement he gave at the White House, Trump said, “Earlier this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent and it will indeed be permanent — I do believe it will be permanent.” “I have, therefore, instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed on October 14th in response to Turkey’s original offensive moves against the Kurds in Syria’s northeast border region,” he added.

He noted, “We secured the oil and therefore a small number of US troops will remain in the area where they have the oil and we are going to be protecting it.” He affirmed, “By the moves that we have, we are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria, including a 20-mile wide safe zone.” However, Trump warned, “Should Turkey fail to honor its obligations — we reserve the right to re-impose crippling sanctions, including substantially increased tariffs on steel and all other products coming out of Turkey.” He stressed that “now Turkey, Syria and others in the region must work to ensure that (IS) does not regain any territory.” “Countless lives are now being saved as a result of negotiation with Turkey, an outcome reached without spilling one drop of American blood,” Trump remarked.

He affirmed “most importantly we have avoided another costly military intervention that could have led to disastrous, far reaching consequences, many thousands of people could have been killed.” “The job of our military is not to police the world. Other nations must step up and do their fair share — Today’s breakthrough is a critical step in that direction,” Trump noted.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Treasury announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) removed sanctions imposed on the Government of Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the Minister of National Defense, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister of the Interior, “following Turkey’s pause in military operations in Syria as agreed to with the United States (the October Ceasefire).” “As a result of the ceasefire, and at the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Treasury is delisting two Turkish ministries and three of the country’s senior officials,” Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

Source: Kuwait News Agency