President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed the announcement of a “ceasefire” in northern Syria as a “great day” for Turkey and the Kurds in Syria and Turkey.
“We have a five-day ceasefire,” Trump told reporters after US Vice President Mike Pence said that Ankara had agreed to suspend its military operation, and end it entirely once Kurdish fighters withdraw from a safe zone.
“It’s a great day for the United States,” the president said in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is to hold a reelection rally.
“It’s a great day for Turkey,” Trump said. “It’s a great day for the Kurds. It’s a great day for civilization.”
“This is a situation where everybody´s happy,” Trump declared.
Trump said sanctions on Turkey “won’t be necessary” now and heaped praise on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“He’s a hell of a leader,” Trump said. “He did the right thing.
“I have great respect for the president.”
Asked whether he believed the ceasefire would last, Trump said: “I think it’s going to last.”
“I think President Erdogan’s very smart,” he said. “He wants it to last.”