Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin to Conflict Zone at the Berlin Forum Policy: ´We are taking care of our own national security.’ Does Turkey still want to be in the EU? Turkey launched ‘Operation Peace Spring’ in October against Kurdish militias in Syria after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with his US counterpart.
Following the phone call, Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of American troops from the area. Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin defended Ankara’s military operation in northern Syria by saying that Turkey’s objective was to clear the shared border from “terrorist elements.” “We have had a very clear policy line on this issue,” Kalin told DW’s Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian.
This interview was conducted at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum hosted by the Körber Stiftung. The Q + A with the audience after Conflict Zone interview is available on FB: facebook.com/dw.conflictzone