Turkey urges USA to honour partnership after Trump warns of economic devastation

Turkey urges USA to honour partnership after Trump warns of economic devastation

Turkey urges USA to honour partnership after Trump warns of economic devastation

A USA defense official told Fox News on Friday that the US -led military coalition in Syria started the process of removing troops from the region, but wouldn't confirm further details for security purposes.

But Mr Trump attempted to reassure both Syrian Kurds and observers anxious about a potential ISIS resurgence, saying U.S. troops would remain across the border in Iraq to enforce a 20 mile safe zone.

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

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Pompeo said he thought it would be possible to reach an agreement which would allow the Turks to defend themselves from terror threats while protecting Kurds - who have been fighting alongside U.S. troops - against the so-called Islamic State group.

US Colonel Sean Ryan, a coalition spokesman, said the coalition "has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria". In a televised speech in December, he said Turkey's army would be ready "neutralize terrorist organizations" in upcoming months, according to the Financial Times.

"Terrorists can't be your partners & allies".

Cavusoglu once again "rejected and condemned" Bolton's comments on the conditional withdrawal and said despite different voices coming out from Washington, the Turkish president's interlocutor was Trump.

"We also know that those who aren't terrorists, those who were fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well", Pompeo said.

The Gulf emirate is his latest stop in a regional tour aimed at reassuring allies after a Trump's shock announcement in December that United States troops would be withdrawn from Syria.

In an interview on Sunday, Pompeo described the removal as a "tactical change" and reasserted US efforts remain the same.

Mr Pompeo said yesterday that the speech had not taken aim at individuals but rather the ideas of the previous administration, adding that the Obama-era policies opened the way for Islamic State and the spread of Iran's influence in the region.

More than 2,000 USA troops are serving in Syria.

Pompeo said Friday that Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, US defense officials said. "Morale is good" among diplomats, he said.

A senior figure in Saudi Arabia's royal family, Prince Turki al-Faisal, told the BBC it would have a "negative impact" that would benefit Iran, Russia and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

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