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The meeting comes a day after a USA delegation, led by Vice President Mike Pence, reached an agreement with Turkey for Ankara to pause its military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria for five days.

The result will be welcomed by the global community after Turkey had vowed only a day before to press ahead with the cross-border operation, which had been facilitated by Trump's withdrawal of United States troops from northern Syria.

He then sent Pence and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with other US officials to Ankara to thrash out a deal, which was announced on Thursday after hours of talks.

Under the deal, Kurdish forces are required to withdraw from a border strip 32 kilometres deep, clearing the way for a "safe zone" sought by Turkey.

Despite Trump's assurances, Turkey dismissed the effects of US pressure and disputed that the agreement made on Thursday was even a ceasefire.

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Turkey's president says his country "cannot forget" the harshly worded letter from U.S. President Donald Trump about the Turkish military offensive into Syria.

Republican and Democratic senators accused Trump of having betrayed the Kurdish allies who were vital in fighting Islamic State militants, of brushing aside the humanitarian costs of Turkey's invasion and of being outwitted by Ankara.

Erdogan said overnight it was not a problem for Turkey if Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation, were to enter areas cleared of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, adding that Ankara had no intention to stay in areas under its control in northern Syria.

SDF leaders made a deal with the Bashar al-Assad regime for protection after Trump refused a last-ditch request from the group's leader, Gen. Mazlum Kobane, for military support.

Erdogan launched a military operation, now in its second week, against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria.

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Trump praised himself for seeing the deal through after he himself gave Turkey the green light to invade the region and attack America's Kurdish allies, who helped defeat ISIS.

The Kurds were USA allies in the fight against the Islamic State but came under assault after Trump ordered U.S. troops to pull out.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said more than 300,000 civilians had been displaced within Syria since the start of the assault, calling it one of the largest upheavals since Syria's civil war began in 2011. I am confidentially enclosing a copy of his letter to me, just received.History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has waged an insurgency inside Turkey, and Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the PKK.

Pence and Erdogan met at the presidential palace in Ankara, making little effort to hide the tensions between their two governments: They shook hands but neither Pence nor Erdogan smiled while posing for photographs.

Nonetheless, Trump has continued to defend his decision to withdraw USA troops, claiming he was acting on a campaign promise to end U.S. involvement in wars in the Middle East.

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Pence said Washington had already been in contact with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which had agreed to withdraw and were already pulling out. His staff told the BBC that he threw the letter into the bin and launched the Syrian operation the same day. "So, there's a lot of sand that they can play with".

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