Erdogan: Turkey will remain in Syria 'until the people are free'

Turkey's president says his forces will not leave until there is peace

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his forces will stay in Syria until the people 'are free'. AFP
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his forces will stay in Syria until the people 'are free'. AFP

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkish forces, which have carried out several incursions into northern Syria since 2016, would remain in the country until Syrians could live in freedom and safety.

"Nowadays they are holding an election, a so-called election," Mr Erdogan said of a parliamentary election on Sunday in Syria's government-controlled regions, after nearly a decade of civil war.

"Until the Syrian people are free, peaceful and safe, we will remain in this country," he said in Ankara.

Updated: July 21, 2020 08:06 PM

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