Trump celebrates'great day for civilization'as Pence,Pompeo secure Syria cease-fire agreement
October 17,2019 2019.10.17
President Trump declared Thursday"a great day for civilization"as Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced terms of a cease-fire agreement that would end violence between Turkey and Kurds in Syria,following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.
特朗普总统周四宣布“文明的伟大一天”，副总统迈克·彭斯(Mike Pence)和国务卿迈克·蓬佩奥(Mike Pompeo)宣布了一项停火协议的条款，该协议将结束土耳其和叙利亚库尔德人之间的暴力，此前他们在安卡拉会晤了土耳其总统雷杰普·塔伊普·埃尔多安(Recep Tayyip Erdogan)。
The deal is for a 120-hour cease-fire,during which time the Kurdish-led forces could pull back from the roughly 20-mile-wide safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.All Turkish military operations under the recent offensive known as Operation Peace Spring will pause during that time,and the operation itself will come to an end entirely upon the completion of the Kurdish withdrawal,under the terms of the deal.
"This is a great day for civilization,"Trump declared in a tweet following a press conference where Pence and Pompeo discussed the deal."I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary,but somewhat unconventional,path.People have been trying to make this'Deal'for many years.Millions of lives will be saved.Congratulations to ALL!"
This is a great day for civilization.I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary,but somewhat unconventional,path.People have been trying to make this"Deal"for many years.Millions of lives will be saved.Congratulations to ALL!
Trump claimed that just three days ago,such an agreement"could NEVER have been made,"but that"tough love"was required to accomplish it.
This deal could NEVER have been made 3 days ago.There needed to be some"tough"love in order to get it done.Great for everybody.Proud of all!
In addition to agreeing to the terms of a cease-fire,both the U.S.and Turkey"committed to defeat ISIS activities in northeast Syria,"Pence announced during a press conference.
彭斯在新闻发布会上宣布，除了同意停火协议的条款外，美国和土耳其还"承诺打击 ISIS 在叙利亚东北部的活动"
"Turkey and the United States agree on the priority of respecting vulnerable human life,human rights,and particularly the protection of religious and ethnic communities in the region,"the vice president added.
The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria later told Kurdish TV they will abide by the deal,which Pence said was reached after more than five hours of negotiations with Erdogan and Turkish officials.
"We think the agreement today first ends the violence,which is what President Trump sent us here to do,"Pence said."We achieved that."
Pence said that the U.S.did not approve of Turkey's military operation,but under the terms of the deal will lift sanctions against Turkey upon the fulfillment of the agreement from both sides.
The Turkish offensive began after Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria.Trump was heavily criticized for the move by lawmakers from both parties.
Last week,Trump sent a letter to Erdogan encouraging him to"work out a good deal,"threatening to"destroy"the Turkish economy if Erdogan continued his aggression against the Kurds.
"Don't be a tough guy.Don't be a fool!"Trump said,before stating that he would call Erdogan.
It was reported by the BBC Thursday that Erdogan"thoroughly rejected"the letter and threw it"in the bin,"but hours later Pence announced the potential cease-fire.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.