ANKARA: US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have reached Turkey to mount an improbable push for a cease-fire in Syria.
The high-level US delegation arrived in Turkey with a warning of economic sanctions escalation to Turkish President Erdogan if his assault on Kurdish fighters continues. The Turkish leader has already said he would only agree to a cease-fire if Kurdish forces abandon key positions in Syria.
US officials acknowledge the odds are slim for an immediate halt to the weeklong conflict. The visit comes as Trump faces bilateral condemnation in Washington for withdrawing US troops from northern Syria, which paved the way for the Turkish incursion.-AP