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No one can establish new state in north Syria, Erdoğan says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said that no one could establish new state in north Syria on Thursday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday said no one could dare to establish a new state in northern Syria, warning that any such effort would be "useless".

In his remarks at a meeting with local administrators known as mukhtars at the Presidential Complex in capital Ankara, Erdoğan said: "Those who are willing to set up a terror passage in northern Syria right now … those areas used to be included [in Turkey's] national pact borders [also known as Misak-i-Milli].

"Do not forget this sensibility. … No one can dare to establish a new state there. They will pay the price for it, if need be."

He said Turkey could not be a means for the U.S.' incoherent policies, and neither could it be a country that paid the price for inadequacy that the U.S. itself had demonstrated regarding developments in the region.

Turkey-U.S. relations strained over the latter's support for the PKK/PYD terror group's presence and arming of the group in the region.

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