Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Regardless of Turkey’s vows on the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Saturday he was assured the 2 nations can agree on a method to shield U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the nation.

After chatting with Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Pompeo stated an settlement was a piece in progress however could be achieved in a means that permits the Turks to defend their nation whereas leaving alone Kurds who don’t pose a risk.

The highest U.S. diplomat stated he was “optimistic” that Kurds who fought alongside U.S. forces in opposition to the Islamic State group in Syria usually are not threatened by pledges from Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch army operations in opposition to what he phrases Kurdish “terrorists.”

“We acknowledge the Turkish folks’s proper and President Erdogan’s proper to defend their nation from terrorists and we additionally know that those that aren’t terrorists, those that had been preventing alongside us all this time, need to be protected and we’re assured that we are able to obtain an consequence that achieves each of these: shield the Turks from reputable terror threats and forestall any substantial dangers to of us who do not current terror dangers to Turkey,” Pompeo informed reporters.

“We had this dialog, many particulars nonetheless to be labored out however I’m optimistic we are able to obtain consequence,” Pompeo stated of his name with Cavusoglu from Abu Dhabi, the place he was on the fourth leg of a nine-nation Mideast journey.

He supplied no particulars, however stated the U.S. particular envoy for Syria and the anti-IS coalition, Jim Jeffrey, had traveled to northern Syria earlier this previous week to work on the matter and could be returning to Turkey to proceed the discussions.

Turkey considers lots of Syria’s Kurdish teams to be terrorists and has pledged to assault them. The threats have intensified in current days because the U.S. begins the withdrawal course of from Syria on President Donald Trump’s orders.

On a go to Friday to Turkish troops stationed close to the Syrian border, Turkey’s protection minister, Hulusi Akar, stated his nation was “decided” to battle Kurdish militias it considers terrorists. He stated army preparations had been ongoing.

Pompeo and U.S. nationwide safety adviser John Bolton have made related assurances to the Kurds, which have been denounced by Erdogan and different Turkish officers.

Feedback by Bolton on the matter drew a fast rejection this previous week from Erdogan, who stated they had been a “severe mistake” and that Turkey “can’t make any concessions on this regard.”

Turkey insists its army actions are aimed toward Kurdish fighters in Syria — the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Safety Models, or YPG — whom it regards as terrorists, and never in opposition to the Kurdish folks. That has been Turkey’s longtime place. Turkey has rejected any function for Kurdish fighters in restoring peace to the war-torn area.

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