The Trump administration has dispatched its top officials, US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to Turkey for emergency talks to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria.
Erdogan rejected any attempt to broker a truce as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Ankara in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire.
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, in Washington.
"There is a mutual understanding that some members of Congress and other members of the U.S. administration are sort of testing this alliance that has stood the test of time, and unfortunately they are seeking remedies in an illegitimate partnership with a terrorist organisation", Cavusoglu said.
The abrupt withdrawal of US troops pushed the Kurds to strike a deal with the Russia-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, allowing its forces to return to regions of northern Syria it had abandoned at the height of the eight-year-old civil war.
US news site Business Insider said it spoke with an unnamed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces official who claimed that the Russian troops in Manbij are mercenaries with the Wagner Group.
Trump says the U.S.is sending missiles and "great power" to the Saudis, and added: "They're paying for that". They are expected to pressure President Recep Tayyip Erdogan into halting "Operation Peace Spring" launched against the Kurdish-held areas a week ago.
"Syria's friendly with the Kurds". The withdrawal left exposed Kurdish fighters who fought for several years alongside American troops against Islamic State and are now under attack from the Turkish military.
Battles raged in the key Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain as dawn broke on Wednesday, with Kurdish fighters trying to hold off the onslaught by Turkish-backed forces, now in its second week.
Russian Federation has moved to fill the void left by the USA in the conflict, deploying its forces toward Syria's border with Turkey.
Trump added that United States troops are "largely out" of the region, adding that if Russian Federation wanted to get involved with Syria, "that's really up to them".
After conflicting messages on whether or not Erdogan would meet the United States delegation, his communications director Fahrettin Altun clarified that the two would meet on Thursday.
It has also allowed Moscow to take a more prominent role as an interlocutor among Assad, the former USA -allied Kurds and the U.S.'s North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey.
"The US can not stick to unilateralism", Cavusoglu said. They've got a lot of sand over there. Since the invasion, the US has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey and called for a cease-fire, a proposal Erdogan has rebuffed.
"Sanctions work frankly better than fighting, certainly when you're down to 28 people", Trump said.
"The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS", Trump said, referring to the Kurdish insurgent group in Turkey linked to Syrian Kurdish fighters.
He noted that Syria was getting "some help with Russian Federation and that's fine".