Turkey's Erdogan snubs Bolton as rift between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies deepens

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington

In an address entitled "A Force for Good: America's Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East", Pompeo told his invited audience at the American University in Cairo that the United States was embarking on "the real new beginning". We have rebuilt our relationships.

Defense Secretary James Mattis announced his resignation shortly thereafter and slammed the president in his resignation letter, which caused Trump to push him out at the end of the year instead of his original February departure.

"The nations of the Middle East will never enjoy security, achieve economic stability, or advance the dreams of its peoples if Iran's revolutionary regime persists on its current course", Pompeo said. "We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the ISIS threat and the ongoing fight against radical Islamism in all of its forms".

"Our operation against the YPG is not dependent on the U.S. withdrawal", Mevlut Cavusoglu, Erdogan's foreign minister, told NTV.

He insisted USA troops would only be withdrawn after the Islamic State was fully defeated and after Turkey committed to not attacking Kurdish forces that are fighting the Islamic State alongside US troops.

Trump abruptly announced last month he meant to withdraw US troops from Syria, and the USA has sent mixed signals over how soon that would be accomplished.

On Jan. 6, John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, told reporters that the pullout would not begin until Washington received sufficient assurance that Turkey would not strike Kurdish forces in Syria.


"We will do that".

Unquestionably, as Turkey intends to coordinate closely with Washington vis-a-vis Syria amid the planned U.S. military withdrawal, confusing messages from the White House will continue to unsettle Ankara.

And parroting Obama's words in his landmark 2009 speech in Cairo, Pompeo vowed that now was really "a new beginning" in ties between the United States and the Middle East.

Like all states in the region, Turkey finds the Trump administration's Syria policies to be extremely confusing. He added that Turkey must "meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter, saying, "Whenever/wherever United States interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow".

"The day Iran mimics USA clients & @SecPompeo's "human rights models"-be it the Shah or current butchers-to become a "normal" country is the day hell freezes over".

"Dear Director, I am looking to get a position teaching English to students in the IS", he wrote to the group in an accompanying cover letter.


However, Palestinian diplomatic sources have repeatedly said they do not like what Kushner has been indicating, leading the Palestinian Authority (PA) to suspend contacts with Trump's envoy.

"International law regarding the Golan Heights is clear", Safadi said. He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East.

Pompeo spent little time on human rights or governance - touchstone issues for previous leaders.

Erdogan stressed that the YPG and the PYD can not be representative of Kurds, adding that Bolton "probably doesn't know" who the two groups are.

Erdogan has said he and Trump are on the same page and complains others in the US administration have undermined US-Turkish ties.

His tour is aimed at urging regional allies to continue to confront the "significant threats" posed by Iran and Islamic jihadists despite Trump´s shock decision last month to pull all 2,000 American troops from Syria.


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