On June 4, following a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the two countries released a joint statement indicating that Washington and Ankara have endorsed a “road map towards ensuring security and stability” in the Manbij region. This came after extensive took place after significant differences between the US and Turkey over the North of Syria.
Turkish and US reports following the statement show the agreement involved vacating the remaining members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the Manbij region in exchange for Turkish cooperation in stabilizing the area.
Ever since Turkey launched an offensive on the YPG positions in the northern Syrian city of Afrin as part of Operation Olive Branch in January 2018, Ankara has repeatedly threatened to extend its attack to include the YPG forces remaining in and around Manbij. This caused tension with the US due to the presence of US forces in the vicinity. But now a compromise between Ankara and Washington in which the YPG would be obligated to vacate the area has been reached.