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Erdogan says Turkey will solve Syria issue 'on the field' after Sunday's elections

Erdogan says Turkey will solve Syria issue 'on the field' after Sunday's elections
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming local elections in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas   -   Copyright  UMIT BEKTAS(Reuters)
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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will solve the Syria issue “on the field” after Sunday’s local elections, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, as he sought to drum up support for his AK Party in the vote.

Turkey has carried out two cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Syria and has warned that it will launch further incursions if the threats along its borders are not eliminated.

“First thing after the elections, we will solve the Syria issue on the field if possible, not at the table,” Erdogan told supporters in the first of his six rallies in Istanbul.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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