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01/22/2019

Safe zone in Syria, Brexit fail, and the Yellow Vests – weekly outcomes

Safe zone in Syria, Brexit fail, and the Yellow Vests – weekly outcomes

Turkey and USA – Safe zone to be established in North Syrian

Last week, the presidents of the United States and Turkey, Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the idea of ​​setting up a safe zone in northern Syria. Erdogan also expressed support for his American counterpart in his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria.

According to Trump, it is necessary to create a buffer zone in Syria spanning about 30 kilometers. Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish President, supported the idea, adding that Turkey will be deploying military and intelligence specialists as part of the process.

Earlier, Erdogan said that Ankara is ready to launch an operation against the Syrian Kurdish forces east of the Euphrates, as well as in the Syrian city of Manbij if the United States does not withdraw. On the 20th of January, the Turkish Defense Minister said that the operations in these areas “will start when the right time comes.”

The safe zone in northern Syria is vital for “stability, the return home of Syrians including our Kurdish brothers, and the fight against terrorism,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu added.

Brexit Fail

432 deputies voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, with only 202 deputies voting in favor. It was the first time in the history of Great Britain, the government lost with such a large gap – 230 votes.

“This is a catastrophic defeat for the government,” said the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, who called a vote of no confidence after May lost the vote.

May announced that if the opposition initiates a vote of no confidence, her office is ready to organize a discussion and vote.

May now has three options: resign, be ousted, or renegotiate. If her government loses a confidence vote and Labour is unable to form a new government, an election will be called.

At the same time, a second referendum is possible.

Yellow Vests, act X

The “Yellow vest” protests in France continue with tens of thousands participating in the latest manifestations, and authorities mobilizing a massive law enforcement presence.

The main topic of the protests this week was the use of violence by police, who employed tear gas and water cannons in response.

More than 40 protesters were detained in Paris, some of whom were minors. Demonstrators left skeptical of the “national debate” initiated by Emmanuel Macron. According to the Yellow Vests, there have been no significant results – people still want nothing short of the President’s resignation.

Macron indicated earlier that during the discussions, which will continue until March 15, there will be no taboo topics. He proposed an agenda containing 35 issues.

Second US-DPRK summit announced

According to Bloomberg, the second US summit – DPRK will be held in Vietnam

Among the possible places for the meeting are Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday that the second meeting of the leaders of the United States and the DPRK will be held close to the end of February. The most likely meeting place is Danang, where the 2017 APEC summit was held.

 
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