The agreement required a 120-hour or five-day “pause” in the Turkish offensive against the YPG in northeastern Syria. During this period, the United States facilitated the exit of YPG fighters and the dismantling of their heavy weapons – something the SDF commander, General Mazloum Abdi, had announced to Pence in a letter on Tuesday. The senior government official told reporters that the Us was “pretty confident” that this was the case, but that it was now working with Turkey to answer their questions. A few weeks before the invasion, after months of negotiations, Turkey and the United States had agreed to patrol together an area that would not extend more than 13 km to Syria. Turkey`s dissatisfaction with the agreement, both in terms of the level of Syrian territory it covers and the extent of Turkish control, played a decisive role in the decision to intervene. Cavusoglu said there were violations of the agreement between Turkey and the United States regarding northern Syria. The agreement also does not mention Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (or his Russian and Iranian supporters), who has since allied with the Syrian Kurds. He has moved to parts of Kurdish territory and, as Assad and Turkey are technically enemies in the war in Syria, it does not seem that he is going nicely to Turkey to conquer Syrian territory. In a speech in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was scheduled to hold an election campaign, the president said all parties benefited from the agreement. “This is a great day for Turkey. This is a great day for the Kurds.
But while it avoided the most serious dispute between Turkey and the United States in years, at least temporarily, the agreement was immediately criticized, including by U.S. lawmakers, who had themselves introduced sanctions laws earlier in the day. The agreement followed negotiations thursday between Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara. Russia and Turkey have agreed to share control of Syria`s northern border to share an agreement between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, reached last Thursday. “We will do everything in our power for the success of the ceasefire agreement,” he told Kurdish television. The ceasefire agreement makes no mention of any Turkish withdrawal from Syria, where The Turkish armed forces and their Syrian rebel allies have travelled about 20 kilometres across a wide stretch of territory. Although it is said that a “safe zone” will be established, the agreement also indicates that the Turkish army will lead the patrol. The agreement between the two NATO allies came on Thursday after talks between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence in the Turkish capital Ankara.