DAMASCUS, Syria: Damascus says a U.S.-Turkish agreement on setting up a so-called “safe zone” in northeastern Syria is a “blatant violation” of its sovereignty.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Thursday saying the agreement exposes Turkey’s “expansionist ambitions.”
It comes a day after Washington and Ankara announced they’d agreed to form a coordination center to set up the safe zone.
The move may have averted a Turkish incursion into that part of Syria. Ankara seeks to push out U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters from there as it considers them fighters terrorists, allied with a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.
Damascus said Syrian Kurdish groups “bear historic responsibility” for the U.S-Turkey deal and urged them to switch sides, aligning with the Syrian government instead.
Damascus has had no presence along the Turkish border since 2012.
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