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Rand Paul praises President Trump's "extraordinary breakthrough" in Syria



Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Said President Trump's announcement Wednesday of a "ceasefire" between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was an "extraordinary breakthrough."

Speaking to the White House, the president said conditions were met on both sides and that the US was lifting sanctions against Ankara that had been applied since the invasion of northern Syria.

"I believe it will be permanent," he said. "It was a result created by us, the United States and no one else … we did something very, very special." ANKARA LIVING SANCTIONS

Trump added that if Turkey breaks the ceasefire regime, the sanctions can be restored.

Appearing on the News Newsroom of America with host Bill Hammer, Paul said that "it's amazing" that "we are actually reconfiguring in Turkey, Syria, which can actually bring peace for the first time in eight years. "

He also opposed the resolution of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ̵

1; introduced on Tuesday – in opposition to the President's withdrawal from Syria.

"That's exactly why we need to beat McConnell's resolution," Paul told Hemer. "McConnell's resolution says we would forbid President Trump from meeting Erdogan [Turkish leader Tayyip Recep]. I think we need to see the world as it is. And, I think it's important for the President to meet Erdogan.

"the talks so far, I think, are leading to peace," he noted, acknowledging that the trust "should be verified."

Paul said he believed it was important for the US not to "strike sanctions on Turkey, which never they continue "away" and that he believes that the Kurds "have had many, many, lives saved here by the action of the President."

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"I think there is also an opportunity for the Kurds to negotiate a semi-autonomous area where they will share oil revenues with the Assad government," he said. "But that means that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad should be part of the equation.

"This is a war that began with President Obama re-engaging in meaningless ways in the Middle East," Paul concluded. "But now it looks like we can actually see a restructuring and a possible peace plan that will come about because of President Trump's decisive actions."

Ron Blitzer, Andrew O & Riley, Melissa Leon, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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