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Turkey, U.S. discuss steps for Syria "safe zone" after military operation

According to a news broadcast by Turkish news channel NTV on Wednesday, Ibrahim Kalın, an aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, told U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien in a phone call that Turkey's operation aimed to clear its border of militants and ensure the return of Syrian refugees.

Senior Turkish and U.S. officials discussed measures for the formation of a "safe zone" in northeastern and possible steps after a Turkey's military operation in the region, broadcaster NTV said on Wednesday, as Ankara poised to launch its operation.

Ibrahim Kalın, an aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, told U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien in a phone call that Turkey's operation aimed to clear its border of militants and ensure the return of Syrian refugees, NTV said.

Kalın and O'Brien also discussed a planned visit by Erdoğan to Washington next month, NTV said.

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