The United States condemned the attack on Sunday in Syria that killed two Turkish special operations police.
In his daily press briefing, US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said, “We condemn the cross-border attack on our NATO ally Turkey. We offer our condolences to the families of the Turkish policemen killed in Syria.”
Ned Price said that they emphasized the importance of maintaining ceasefire lines and stopping cross-border attacks in Syria.
“For the establishment of stability in Syria, it is vital that all parties abide by the ceasefire zones and make efforts for a political solution to the problem,” Price said.
“Turkey is an important NATO ally of ours and we have common interests in many areas, from the fight against terrorism to ending the conflict in Syria,” said Price, continuing his words as follows:
“We will continue to be in close consultation with Ankara on Syria policy.”
The US Embassy in Ankara had previously condemned the attack in Syria.
On the other hand, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, on a question about the F-16s in his daily press briefing, said that they would not make any comments on the sales in the field of defense until the US Congress is notified.
Special operations policemen Cihat Şahin and Fatih Doğan lost their lives in the attack on an armored vehicle with a guided missile in Azez, in the Euphrates Shield Operation Area.
Two special operations police were also injured in the attack; Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said that Cihat Şahin and Fatih Doğan were martyred by the guided missile attack of the PKK-PYD.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a statement after the cabinet meeting on Monday, said that there is no tolerance for attacks from Syria to Turkey.
“We will take the necessary steps to solve this problem as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.