Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a veiled threat suggesting Turkey could release the Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe, angered at a European Union decision to impose sanctions on his country over its drilling for gas in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus.
Greek police said Turkish police officers came to the border post at the Greek town of Kastanies on Monday and requested that an American citizen of Arab descent accompanying them be admitted to Greece as he had been arrested for exceeding his stay in Turkey.
Just before boarding a plane to Washington Tuesday, Tayipp Erdogan said he plans on bringing the issue to President Trump during their talks this week. "We know how to back you".
Referring to the Franco-Turkish agreement, Pierini said: "It is extremely complicated to set up because this is a one-by-one operation - you need to track each individual with two police organisations, one on each side".
A US State Department official said it was "aware of reports of the detainment of a US citizen by Turkish authorities", but could not comment further because of privacy rules.
Turkey's offensive was facilitated by President Donald Trump, who abruptly ordered the withdrawal of USA troops stationed alongside SDF forces.
In Paris, UN chief Antonio Guterres called Tuesday for an worldwide accord on the fate of foreign militants being held in the Middle East, saying it was not up to Syria and Iraq "to solve the problem for everyone".
"We recently captured an important man within the (IS) in Syria".
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He also said he had spoken with Trump and Senator Lindsey Graham-an ally of the president with some foreign policy influence over him-about the situation.
"If everyone starts using these people against each other, we will inevitably see terrorists freeing themselves and doing unsafe things".
Trump's announcement asserted that Turkey would now be responsible for ISIS prisoners held by the Kurds, but provided no information as to how they would take custody of the fighters or what would happen to them afterward.
Despite the USA taking a harsh stance towards Turkey, imposing sanctions over its most recent actions in Syria, some analysts predict that Trump might discuss some easing of pressure with Erdogan during these talks. "You may take this lightly, but the these doors (to Europe) will open and these Daesh (Islamic State) members will be sent to you".
Turkey has lately increased pressure on Europe to take responsibility for the problem.
Turkey has about 1,200 foreign ISIS fighters in its detention centers and 287 captured recently in Syria, including those who have been stripped of western citizenship to prevent them from returning home.
Paris - which has between 400-500 nationals held in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, including about 60 fighters - had been adamant it would not take back adults who joined ISIL. Preparations to deport two Irish citizens, as well as French and Danish nationals, were also under way, he said.
If verified, the imagery could provide credibility to allegations that the offensive Turkey launched over Western objections last month has resulted in repeated abuses against Syrian Kurds who have been an important USA partner against the Islamic State.
The decision to impose economic sanctions on Ankara follows a separate move last month to stop arms sales to Turkey over its offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria.