Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that he had personally returned his American counterpart Donald Trump’s letters, including one that urged him “not to be a fool.” He said this at a joint press conference with Trump following the talks.
“I returned these letters to Mr. President today. I was particularly distressed by the letter, which said that this terrorist Abdi Shaheen [SDF commander Mazlum Kobani] was the interlocutor of a country like America. The so-called Abdi Shaheen is a terrorist who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of our citizens,” Erdogan said.
In mid-October, the US media published a message dated October 9, which Trump sent to Erdogan. The American leader offered Ankara to conclude agreements with the Kurds and threatened to destroy the economy of the Republic.
“Look, let’s make a good deal. You do not want to be responsible for the murder of thousands of people, and I do not want to be responsible for the destruction of the Turkish economy, and I will go for it,” Trump said.
The American leader urged Erdogan “not to be a tough guy” and “not to be a fool,” and also reported the intention to call him soon. In it, Trump also said that the commander of the armed coalition “Forces of Democratic Syria” (SDS) Mazlum Abdi expressed readiness to hold talks with Erdogan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on October 17 that Ankara responded to Trump’s letter by launching a military operation in Northern Syria. The Minister stressed that the Turkish side “has never seen the level of relations so reduced to receive such letters.”