Syrian regime seeks 'intensified' talks with Kurdish forces

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

But, he added, "we also know that those are fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well".

President Trump's unexpected announcement last month that troops would leave the country has fueled fears that a power vacuum could strengthen ISIS and cede influence in the region to Iran and Russian Federation.

Turkey's foreign minister and his USA counterpart spoke over the phone, Turkish diplomatic sources announced on Saturday. "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".

Pompeo had earlier said Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

The bilateral relations have been further aggravated by USA threats to halt the transfer of military tech to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, including the fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter jets, and even to impose sanctions over Turkey's commitment to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems, a diversification of weapons suppliers that enhances its national security. On Friday, the US-led coalition said it had started the pullout, but officials later said only equipment, not troops, were going.

"The withdrawal is based on operational conditions on the ground, including conversation with our allies and partners, and is not be subject to an arbitrary timeline", he said.

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those", Pompeo told journalists in Abu Dhabi. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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Cavusoglu said Washington made a decision to withdraw its troops from Syria after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's firm stance against removing threat coming to Turkey from east of the Euphrates River in Syria.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed Sunday that Israel had struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria over the weekend, including a weapons facility, as the Israeli Defense Forces announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks.

Donald Trump has warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the USA troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to "provoke" Ankara.

She also said the territory previously controlled by the United States should be transferred to the Syrian regime.

A Kurdish politician told Reuters last week the Kurds had presented Moscow with a roadmap for a deal with Damascus.

Syria's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday he was optimistic about renewed dialogue with the Kurds.

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