President Donald Trump said that he will impose sanctions on any Turkish officials—whether current or former—who are linked to Turkeys actions in northern Syria.
Trump said on Monday that he will issue an executive order soon authorizing the sanctions, calling Turkeys actions in Syria “destabilizing.”
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“This order will enable the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees, or threatening the peace, security, or stability in Syria. The order will authorize a broad range of consequences, including financial sanctions, the blocking of property, and barring entry into the United States,” Trump said.
Trump said the United States and its partners “liberated 100 percent of ISISs ruthless territorial caliphate” and “Turkey must not put these gains in jeopardy,” adding that, “Turkey must also prioritize the protection of civilians, particularly vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities in northeast Syria.”
Turkeys offense in Syria “is endangering civilians and threatening peace, security, and stability in the region,” the president said.
Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Turkeys Actions in Northeast Syria pic.twitter.com/ZCQC7nzmME
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
“I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkeys action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes. Turkey must ensure the safety of civilians … and is now, or may be in the future, responsible for the ongoing detention of ISIS terrorists in the region,” Trump added. “Unfortunately, Turkey does not appear to be mitigating the humanitarian effects of its invasion.”
Trumps announcement of sanctions came after the White House announced on Oct. 6 the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.