US special envoy for Syria visits Turkey

US pullout from Syria and Manbij roadmap to be discussed during Jeffrey's meetings

U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey

The U.S. special envoy for Syria will arrive in capital Ankara on Monday.

James Jeffrey will hold meetings with a delegation of Turkish Foreign Ministry and military officials in his two-day visit.

The U.S. pullout from Syria, and Manbij roadmap will top the agenda during the meetings.

In line with the Manbij roadmap, joint investigations by Turkey and the U.S. are ongoing for the restructuring of civil and military councils in northern Syrian town of Manbij. The Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the city to stabilize the region, which is located in the northern part of Syria’s Aleppo province.

The last meeting of a bilateral Turkish-U.S. group to coordinate the American troop withdrawal from Syria took place in Ankara on Feb. 28-March 1.

The U.S. currently has more than 2,000 troops deployed in Syria, but announced last December that they were leaving, then revised to say some 200-400 would stay.

The group meeting in Ankara operated as a sub-unit of the Syria Working Group established in February 2018 between Turkey and the U.S.

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