US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 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 Turkey and Kurdish militia.
"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 Syria 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 Middle East tour.
Washington is holding talks with all relevent sides about such a "safe zone", he added.
Ankara 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.
His comments came after Trump, in Sunday's tweet, warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks the Kurds in the wake of a US pullout from Syria. On Sunday Trump also urged the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara.
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