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US wants Syria 'safe zone' to protect Turkey, Kurds: Pompeo

AFP  |  Riyadh 

US said Monday that talks were under way on Washington's proposal to establish a "safe zone" in flashpoint border areas of northeastern Syria, where tensions are rising between and

"We want to make sure that the folks who fought with us to down the (Islamic State group) have security... and also that terrorists acting out of aren't able to attack Turkey," Pompeo said.

"We want a secure border for all the parties," he said in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the latest leg of a whirlwind tour.

is holding talks with all relevent sides about such a "safe zone", he added.

His comments came a day after US in a tweet pushed for the creation of a 20-mile (30-kilometre) "safe zone", without saying who would create, enforce or pay for it.

Trump also did not say exactly where such a buffer area would be set up. Turkish on Monday said his country was "not against" a "security zone" in

Tensions have been high between the and over the fate of Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

has repeatedly threatened a new cross-border operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which have been working closely with the US in the war on IS jihadists.

views the YPG as a "terrorist offshoot" of the outlawed (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.

Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan's on Monday said would "continue to fight against them all", referring to IS and the YPG.

His comments came after Trump, in Sunday's tweet, warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks the in the wake of a US pullout from On Sunday Trump also urged the not to "provoke"

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 18:40 IST