US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks for more than four hours. The main problem in the course of communication between the parties was the reluctance of Ankara to go to the truce, but the turning point was the requirement of the Turkish leader to establish a certain period of the ceasefire, and not to enter it forever.
Erdogan said he was ready to establish a truce for 24 or 48 hours. In the following discussion, Pens and Erdogan agreed to a cease-fire to 120 hours. It is noted that after this agreement, the parties quickly made progress on other issues.
In addition, Pence assured Erdogan that US President Donald Trump appreciates and respects the “Turkish leader.” The tension between the parties also helped to smooth over the response of the US Vice President, who admitted that many members of the US delegation are veterans and his son was also a military man. In addition, he expressed condolences to the families of the Turks killed in the operation.
On October 17, Turkey and the United States agreed to suspend the military operation “Source of peace” in Syria for five days. Turkish troops will not advance during this time so that the Kurdish “people’s Protection Units” can retreat beyond the borders of the 30-kilometer neutral zone. Both sides said they had agreed to fight a common enemy — the Islamic state.
Ankara launched a military operation in Syria on October 9.