The military leader of the Syrian Kurds, Gen. Mazloum Abdi, thanked President Trump on Wednesday, Oct. 23, for his tireless effort that stopped the brutal Turkish attack.

In the statement that was announced via Twitter by Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, Mazloum said: 

President Trump tweeted back:

Mazloum’s statement was released soon after the president announced that the United States was lifting economic sanctions on Turkey for its commitment to a “permanent” cease-fire.

“It will indeed be permanent. However you would also define the word ‘permanent’ in that part of the world as somewhat questionable, we all understand that. But I do believe it will be permanent,” Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

However, the president added that the sanctions would not be lifted if Turkey “does something we’re not happy with.”

Russia and Turkey had agreed the day before to joint patrols within about 6 miles of the Syria-Turkey border, and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) agreed to withdraw approximately 20 miles south of the border, according to BreibartI

“We are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria, including a 20-mile wide safe zone,” President Trump said.

“Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds have been fighting for centuries. We have done them a great service and we have done a great job for all of them. And now we’re getting out. … Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand,” he added.

The president said he had spoken with Mazloum, who thanked him and assured him that members of ISIS would remain in prison.

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