Turkish armored vehicles run near the Syrian-Turkish border at Reyhanli district in Hatay Cheap Dustin Hopkins Jersey , Turkey, on Jan. 21, 2018. Turkish ground troops entered Syria's Afrin Sunday on the second day of an offensive against U.S-backed Kurdish militia which should be wrapped up soon, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Xinhua) ANKARA, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- A phone conversation between Turkish and the U.S. presidents on Wednesday about Syria has sparked controversy as Erdogan denies Trump's remarks over Turkish incursion in Kurdish enclave Afrin of Syria.
The U.S. and Turkey have released contradicting readouts of the phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Cheap Tress Way Jersey , revealing again the deepened disagreements between the two NATO allies on the issue of Syria.
Two leaders exchanged views on the "Operation Olive Branch" launched by Turkey on Jan. 20, a written statement by the Turkish presidency said.
The phone conversation focused on the importance of bilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism, the Turkey's statement said noting that Erdogan stated the goal of the military incursion was to clear Afrin off "terrorist elements" for Turkey's national security.
A White House readout about the phone conversation between two leaders came after the Turkish one.
Trump "relayed concerns that escalating violence in Afrin, Syria, risks undercutting our shared goals in Syria. He urged Turkey to deescalate Cheap Shawn Lauvao Jersey , limit its military actions, and avoid civilian casualties and increase in the number of displaced persons and refugees," according to the White House press release.
Trump also "urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces," it said in an indirect reference to Turkey's plans to extend its military operation into Manbij region in Syria where the U.S. soldiers are deployed.
He "reiterated that both nations must focus all parties on the shared goal of achieving the lasting defeat of ISIS," and "invited closer bilateral cooperation to address Turkey's legitimate security concerns Cheap Bashaud Breeland Jersey ," said the statement.
Trump expressed "concern about the destructive and false anti-American rhetoric emanating from Turkey, and about United States citizens and local employees detained under the prolonged State of Emergency in Turkey."
However, in midnight late Wednesday, an anonymous Turkish official refuted context of the White House readout on Turkey's media.
The Turkish official said the White House statement did not "accurately reflect the content of" the phone conversation.
"President Trump did not share any concerns about escalating violence with regard to the ongoing military operation in Afrin. The two leaders' discussion of 'Operation Olive Branch' was limited to an exchange of views," state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the Turkish official as saying.
During the conversation Cheap Spencer Long Jersey , Trump discussed "restricting the operation in Afrin to a certain time limit and avoiding any close combat in Manbij, due to the presence of U.S. soldiers in the region," the official said.
Erdogan, for his part, recalled a previous promise that the YPGPYD (Democratic Union Party) elements will withdraw to the east of Euphrates River Cheap Morgan Moses Jersey , if that happened the Turkish-supported Free Syrian Army will fill the vacuum, according to the official.
The Turkish official also said that Trump did not use the words "destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey."
"In response to President Erdogan's call on the U.S. for ending the delivery of weapons to the PYDYPG, President Trump said that his country no longer supplied the group with weapons and pledged not to resume the weapons delivery in the future," the Turkish official added.
The official also said that there was no discussion of the ongoing state of emergency in Turkey, but Trump mentioned the U.S. citizens and local personnel currently under arrest.
"President Erdogan responded to Mr. Trump's request by noting that there was the rule of law in Turkey and highlighted that the independent judiciary would reach its verdict following the completion of relevant indictments Cheap Jamison Crowder Jersey ," the official said.
The phone call came after Turkish forces, accompanied with the Free Syrian Army fighters, launched a military operation into Afrin against the YPG which Turkey deems as the Syrian branch of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The military incursion into Kurdish enclave started few days after the U.S. announced that they train Syrian Kurds in order to form a border security force. Turkey strongly reacted against the plan and escalated its anti-American rhetoric in terms of "U.S. support to terrorists."
Tension between two NATO allies escalated after the U.S. stepped up to form a 30,000-strong border force, including the YPG Cheap Mason Foster Jersey , to patrol Syria's frontiers. The move further deepened Turkey's mistrust towards the U.S. as Ankara said it constitutes an intolerable national security threat and accused Washington of establishing an "army of terrorists."
Ankara further threatened to extend its "Operation olive Branch" to Manbij region, where the Kurdish militia were deployed after fighting with the Islamic State (IS) group in the region with arms support and air cover by the U.S.
The YPG did not retreat to the east of Euphrates River after defeating the IS despite that Turkey was putting pressure on the U.S. As Pentagon keeps troops in Manbij region, the U.S. is worried about any confrontation with Turkish army.
In a move to ease tension with Turkey, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that the U.S. recognizes Ankara's "legitimate right" to defend itself from terrorists, suggesting that a security zone could help stabilize the situation and meet Turkey's security concerns.
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