(CNSNews.com) – Turkey has informed the Trump administration that it will stop combat in Syria and will make the ceasefire brokered by the United States permanent, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday.
“I greet you this morning from the White House to announce a major breakthrough toward achieving a better future for Syria and for the Middle East. It has been a long time. Over the last five days you have seen that a cease-fire that we established along Syria's border has held, and it’s held very well beyond most expectations,” Trump said.
“Early this morning the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the cease-fire permanent, and it will indeed be permanent. However, you would also define the word permanent in that part of the world as somewhat questionable. We all understand that, but I do believe it will be permanent,” the president said.
Therefore, Trump said he will lift all economic sanctions against Turkey which were imposed on Oct. 14 in response to Turkey’s “original offensive moves against the Kurds in Syria’s northeast border region.”
He said the United States alone deserves the credit for brokering the ceasefire.
“So the sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we're not happy with. This was an outcome created by us, the United States and nobody else - no other nation, very simple - and we are willing to take blame and we’re also willing to take credit,” he said.
“This is something they've been trying to do for many, many decades. Since then, others have come out to help, and we welcome them to do so. Other countries have stepped forward. They want to help, and we think that's great. The nations in the region must ultimately take on the responsibility of helping Turkey and Syria police their border. We want other nations to get involved,” Trump said.
“We have secured the oil, and therefore, a small number of U.S. troops will remain in the area where they have the oil, and we are going to be protecting it, and we will be deciding what we are going to do with it in the future,” he added.
The president said the cease-fire comes 10 years after the United States got involved in Syria despite the original timetable of 30 days.
“Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries We have done them a great service, and we've done a great job for all of them, and now we're getting out - a long time. We were supposed to be there for 30 days. That was almost 10 years ago,” Trump said.
“So we're there for 30 days, and now we're leaving. It was supposed to be a very quick hit and let's get out and it was a quick hit except they stayed for almost 10 years. Let someone else fight over this long blood stained sand,” he said.
The cease-fire was achieved without any Americans dying, Trump said.
“Countless lives are now being saved as a result of our negotiation with Turkey. An outcome reached without spilling one drop of American blood. No injuries, nobody shot, nobody killed,” he said.
Trump said he was assured by the Kurdish commander-in-chief that iSIS “is under very, very strict lock and key” and that “the detention facilities are strongly maintained.”
“There were a few that got out, a small number relatively speaking, and they've been largely recaptured,” the president said.