The possibility of a Turkish operation in northern Syria continues to resonate in the US. The chairs and ranking members of the Foreign Relations Committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives have called on Turkey not to launch an operation in Syria.
The US Senate and House of Representatives issued a written statement on Turkey’s possible operation in Syria.
The joint written statement by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, ranking member James Risch, House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks and ranking member Michael McMaul is as follows:
“We are deeply concerned about Turkey’s continued threats to launch a new military operation in northern Syria. Previous Turkish operations have disrupted U.S. and partner forces’ operations against ISIS and exacerbated Syria’s dire humanitarian crisis. Another Turkish operation would have the same disastrous consequences, including driving countless vulnerable Syrians away.
We call on the Turkish government and relevant forces to refrain from any military operations so that the focus can remain on northern Syria, achieving the lasting defeat of Daesh and preventing further humanitarian disasters.”
Congressmen Gregory Meeks and Michael McMaul also serve as members of the Turkish friendship group in Congress.