The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday with Ankara predicting a signing in days.
U.S. officials have said they plan to train about 5,000 Syrian fighters a year for three years under the plan. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, have publicly offered to host training sites.
“Negotiations have been concluded and an agreement text will be signed with the U.S. regarding the training of the Free Syrian Army in the coming period,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said.
“We will share all the technical details … when the text is signed, but it is anticipated that this will happen in the coming days,” he told reporters in Ankara.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed an agreement with Ankara in principle.
“As we have announced before, Turkey has agreed to be one of the regional hosts for the train-and-equip program for moderate Syrian opposition forces. We expect to conclude and sign the agreement with Turkey soon,” Psaki told reporters. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Al Jazeera)