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Turkey-US deal on Syria's Manbij delayed but not 'dead: Erdogan


Reuters
ISTANBUL
The deal between Turkey and the United States regarding the northern Syrian town of Manbij is delayed"but not completely dead", President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday.
Turkey and the United States reached a deal in May over Manbij after months of disagreement. Under the deal, the Kurdish YPG militia would withdraw from Manbij and Turkish and US forces would maintain security and stability around the town.
Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday during his flight back from a visit to Hungary that the implementation of the deal had been delayed.
"There is a delay but (the deal) is not completely dead. US Secretary of State Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mattis say they will take concrete steps,"Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.
The NATO allies have been carrying out coordinated but independent patrols in the region as part of the deal.

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