Earlier, Ankara said that the fighting will stop only if Kurdish fighters lay down their arms and retreat from the border with Turkey.
Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Turkey for perhaps his most important mission so far – to persuade Ankara to end a weeklong offensive against Syrian Kurds that began after Donald Trump withdrew US troops from Northern Syria.
Pence’s plane landed in Ankara a few hours after Trump minimized the crisis, to extinguish which he sent his aides on an emergency mission.
The Vice President heads the American delegation, which includes Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
In trying to convince Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to go for a ceasefire, Pence will have to face doubts about the credibility of the United States, and Pence himself as an emissary of an inconsistent President.
For Pompeo, the diplomatic mission will continue on Friday with two more stops. The State Department said he would meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss the situation in Syria and Iran’s behavior.
After that, he will fly to Brussels, where he will meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and discuss transatlantic security and US objectives at the upcoming meeting of NATO leaders.
The White House said Pence would meet with Erdogan on Thursday to convey a message that US-imposed economic sanctions against Turkey would remain in place “until the situation is resolved.”