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TURKEY, US OUTLINE ROADMAP FOR COOPERATION IN NORTHERN SYRIA’S MANBIJ

ANKARA, Turkish and US working groups have outlined a roadmap for cooperation in ensuring security and stability in northern Syria's Manbij, China's Xinhua News Agency reported the Turkish Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday.

The Turkish and US delegations met on Friday in the capital Ankara and discussed Syria and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation, the ministry said in a statement.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo will meet on June 4 to consider the recommendations of the working group, according to the statement.

Turkey and the United States have established a mechanism to solve separate issues in working groups following the visit of former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Ankara in February.

Manbij was captured from the Daesh terror group in 2016 by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, mainly led by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey has repeatedly demanded Washington drive YPG out from the strategic city of Manbij, where about 2,000 US soldiers are currently deployed.

The relations between Turkey and the United States have been strained over Washington's support to the YPG, prompting fears of military clashes in Manbij between the two NATO allies.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he hopes that the US and Turkish forces will avoid any risk from close encounters in northern Syria, emphasising the importance of solving bilateral issues.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK