The Pentagon has denied that a deal was reached between Turkey and the U.S. regarding Idlib, following Turkish media reports that defense ministers of both countries agreed on taking concrete steps on the issue.
State-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 12 that Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper agreed that NATO and the U.S. should take more concrete steps in the region during a closed-door meeting.US 'stands by' Turkey over Syrian army attack
The report was denied by Alyssa Farah, the chief Pentagon spokeswoman, a short while later.
"No such agreement was made," Voice of America's Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb said on Feb. 12, citing Farah.
Also this reporter can confirm that reports of a closed door meeting with Esper & his Turkish counterpart are false. I saw the meeting with my own eyes. It was a handshake a few words in the hallway. #turkey #Idlib— Carla Babb (@CarlaBabbVOA) February 12, 2020
Babb also said that reports of a closed door meeting between Akar and Esper is false.
"This reporter can confirm that reports of a closed door meeting with Esper and his Turkish counterpart are false. I saw the meeting with my own eyes. It was a handshake a few words in the hallway," she said.Syria 'categorically rejects' Turkish presence on its territories