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U.S., Turkey committed to accelerated progress on roadmap for Syria's Manbij - statement

U.S., Turkey committed to accelerated progress on roadmap for Syria's Manbij - statement
Turkish military vehicles drive at Manbij countryside, Syria December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi -
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KHALIL ASHAWI(Reuters)
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ANKARA (Reuters) – The United States and Turkey are committed to accelerated and concrete progress on the roadmap agreed upon for the northern Syrian town of Manbij, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Wednesday.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, held talks in Ankara this week on the planned formation of a safe zone in northeast Syria and developments on the roadmap for Manbij, further west. Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Washington had failed to present its NATO ally with satisfactory proposals during the talks.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy said Jeffrey held positive and productive meetings with Turkish officials, and added that the two sides discussed detailed proposals to enhance Turkey’s security along its southern border.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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