Speaking during an interview with CBS News, Erdogan specifically named Syria and Iraq as two countries where Washington should end its military presence in his view. He suggested that such a move would promote peace in the region.
“Of course, if I had a choice, I would want them out of Syria and Iraq. Just like the way they withdrew from Afghanistan,” Erdogan said in the interview. Read also: The Syrian War for a Decade Never Ends, 350,209 People Killed
“Because if we’re going to serve peace throughout the world, there’s no point living in that part of the world anymore. We can leave those people, let the administration make its own decisions,” he continued, as reported by Sputnik on Monday (27/9/2021).
When asked whether Erdogan ever raised the issue of a possible withdrawal from Syria with US President Joe Biden. The Turkish president said he never asked Biden about this when they met.
Erdogan later said that he and Biden, at the last meeting in Brussels, discussed the issue of Afghanistan and bilateral relations between the two countries. Also read: Ignoring US threats, Erdogan wants to buy lots of Russian S-400s
As is well known, American troops are still deployed in Iraq, despite several attempts to pull them out since the start of the US offensive against the country. Iraq is the second longest war in the US after Afghanistan.
In Syria, the US has never received a UN Security Council mandate or an invitation from Damascus to send troops into the country. The Syrian government calls the presence of American troops on its soil and its involvement in the extraction and export of its natural resources illegal.