Selin ATAY-TDO-US President Donald Trump has announced he has ordered the lifting of sanctions imposed in the context of Turkey's operation into Syria.
"Early in the morning, the Turkish government informed my administration that they would stop the ground-attack and their operations in Syria, make the ceasefire permanent, and that it would indeed be permanent. That is why I have instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all of the sanctions imposed on October 14,"Trump said in a press conference on developments in Turkey and Syria at the White House
"If Turkey fails to meet its commitments, we reserve the right to impose sanctions, including increasing taxes on exports of steel and other products," the US President said.
The U.S. Treasury Department also placed Defense Secretary Hulusi Akar, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and the defense and Energy Ministry on the sanctions list. The assets of the three ministers in the United States were frozen, they were prohibited from making any financial transactions with the United States, and it was announced that they would also not be able to travel to the United States.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced the lifting of sanctions on the two ministers and three ministries in a statement released on its website shortly after Trump's announcement. In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said," as a result of the ceasefire being declared and at the instruction of President Donald Trump, we are removing two Turkish ministries and three senior officials from the sanctions list."