US Troop Withdrawal From Syria Will Happen, Says Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

A full U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria announced by President Trump will go ahead, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that Trump's decision was clear and that Turkish threats against Syrian Kurds would not stop the pull out.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday that was a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies.

The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned US troop withdrawal from Syria. They are the second batch the administration has re-imposed since Trump withdrew from the accord in May.

The top U.S. diplomat, in Jordan on the first leg of his longest trip since taking the post previous year, said that the USA troop pullout would not undermine the battle against the so-called Islamic State group. "First time he's spoken from the Oval Office in two years".

Pompeo also met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to discuss security and economic objectives.

The US has been arming and training Kurdish militants under the banner of helping them fight Daesh, but Syria and several other countries see ulterior motives behind the deployment. "It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point", Erdogan said Tuesday in a speech to parliament. Pompeo blamed the former president for ISIS's rampage, the "failed nuclear deal" with Iran, the civil war in Syria, and a host of other worldwide conundrums before showering President Donald Trump with praise over his approach to the region.

"We had a good conversation today", Pompeo said during a joint press conference.

TRT World's Hasan Abdullah has more. "The United States remains firmly committed to Jordan's domestic stability and security, and we will undertake that work in a true spirit of partnership".

According to Bishara, Pompeo's approach was set at a low bar, with scant mention of Yemen - just half a line - despite the war in Yemen being a key issue in the Middle East. He said US allies in the region, including Jordan, agree on what they view as the "enormous risk" Iran poses for the region. "It is sharpening our terror-fighting tools and helping Jordan build its already strong capacity to fight terrorism".

Before his arrival in Ankara, Bolton said that no US troops would leave northern Syria until Turkey agreed to not attack the Syrian Kurds.

Karasik said he believed that energy issues were "another important facet of the visit" along with discussions over the sanctions regime (regarding Iran) and the "logistic flow of oil in the region and protection of that flow". Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that the date of Erdogan's visit to Russian Federation has not been set yet.

"We all have problems with Iran's expansionist policies in the region".

"It feels a little bit as if the approach is to 'talk loudly and carry a small stick, '" said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. If that is achieved, if everybody abides by worldwide norms of behavior, then there'll be no problem.

While IS fighters have been ousted from the major towns and cities they once held, fighting between US-backed forces and IS militants has continued in the Middle Euphrates River Valley with the United States continuing to launch regular air strikes in support of allied forces.

Later Tuesday evening, Pompeo attended a meeting with Safadi and King Abdullah II.

Pompeo also traveled to Erbil, where he was received by Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

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