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Turkey seeking Iran, Russia coordination on US' Syria exit

10 Janvier 2019

It is highly unusual for an American secretary of state to deliver a speech in a foreign capital attacking a former USA president. "So for as long as there are policies that are counter to these principles, then we will continue to have issues with their policy".

Mr Pompeo warned there would be no USA reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left. The demand, which Bolton said came from Trump, immediately drew criticism from Turkish officials.Bolton concluded his visit to Turkey with more than two hours of discussions with officials Tuesday, but without meeting Erdogan.National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said Erdogan called Bolton's Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Kalın, during their meeting and told him to send his regards to Bolton. "Now comes the real new beginning", Pompeo added.

Speaking during a visit to Israel, Bolton said that certain "objectives" must be achieved before a pullout could take place. "We will decide on its timing and we will not receive permission from anyone".

The president has come under withering pressure both at home and in allied capitals after previous statements indicating that he considered the IS group vanquished and that he wanted U.S. troops out of Syria imminently. An appropriate disposition of those prisoners is a top priority, the official said.

"He (Mr Erdogan) talked about terrorists being an existential threat, we acknowledged that there is a threat to Turkey from terrorists and we will be very supportive". He insisted US troops would only be withdrawn after the Islamic State was fully defeated and after Turkey committed to not attacking Kurdish forces that are fighting the Islamic State alongside USA troops.

Pompeo also faulted what he called Obama's "desire for peace at any cost" that led him to strike the 2015 nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear weapons program in exchange for easing of worldwide economic sanctions. In response, Turkish officials declined to reveal the particulars of their diplomatic conversations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the planned United States pullout will not deter Israel from continuing to carry out airstrikes against Iranian military interests in Syria.

"Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and the Russian defense minister held telephone talks".

Murat Yesiltas, the director of security studies at the Ankara-based SETA thinktank, said Manbij could be the first area where progress towards a wider resolution could be made.

There are other signs in the Turkish media suggesting that an agreement on Manbij is likely.

It's worth taking a look at just where the Trump administration stands, the kinds of messages being conveyed at each of these stops, and how they might be received.

The United States has done little to help resolve this problem, though it has welcomed Jordanian participationin the Syrian conflict. The condition did not sit well with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Asked about confusion among allies, he said: "I've actually spoken to them all".

Pompeo told reporters Wednesday that the USA is working on a pullout strategy that keeps Kurdish allies safe.

US officials have since tempered the timeline for withdrawal, saying there isn't one, and Trump has said a drawdown would happen slowly.

Jordan has emerged as perhaps the top US ally in this fight, a point emphasized by Pompeo as he spoke at the country's foreign ministry Tuesday.

Turkey seeking Iran, Russia coordination on US' Syria exit