(The Hill) President Trump has announced that his administration will lift sanctions on Turkey, after Ankara agreed to stop an offensive in northern Syria and agreed to a permanent ceasefire.
“Earlier this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria and making the ceasefire permanent,” President Trump said in remarks from the Diplomatic Reception Room on Wednesday morning. “And it will be permanent. So the sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we’re not happy with.”
Trump said he has instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to lift the sanctions on Turkey that were announced on Oct. 14.
Trump weeks ago announced the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, a decision that precipitated a Turkish military incursion against Kurdish forces in the region that had been U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS.
The decision was heavily criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and led to a House resolution passed with bipartisan support that rebuked Trump.
Lawmakers have also called for sanctions on Turkey for its offensive against the Kurds.