President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria.
According to Reuters, Erdogan added he was unconcerned by U.S. sanctions over Ankara’s offensive.
He also said he told Trump Turkey would “not negotiate with a terrorist organization” in response to Trump’s mediation offer.
Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Turkey’s incursion into Syria would contribute to counter-terrorism efforts.
Additionally, Erdogan told Putin the incursion would strengthen Syria’s territorial integrity, and aid a political solution process.