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Pence arrives in Ankara to seek Syria ceasefire

  • Published at 11:26 pm October 17th, 2019
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019 Reuters

The United States has demanded a ceasefire in Turkey's more than week-old operation in northern Syria

US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Turkey on Thursday in a bid to secure a ceasefire to halt the Turkish offensive in Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived earlier on a separate plane. They are due to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

The visit comes a day after Erdogan firmly ruled out any negotiations with Kurdish militants in Syria, saying their only option was to lay down arms and retreat.

The United States has demanded a ceasefire in Turkey's more than week-old operation in northern Syria. 

President Donald Trump, facing with mounting criticism over the abrupt pullout of US troops, has denied he gave Erdogan a "green light" to launch the offensive.