FM Çavuşoğlu holds phone call with U.S. counterpart Pompeo over Syria

Nuri Mahmud spokesperson for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. File

Nuri Mahmud spokesperson for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. File

Robertson, in his statement, said the coalition had carried out "logistical measures" to support a withdrawal but did not enter into details.

Residents near border crossings that are typically used by USA forces going in and out of Syria from Iraq said they had seen no obvious or large-scale movement of U.S. ground forces on Friday. Turkey sees the Kurdish YPG militia close to its border as a security threat.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, on Thursday that America will withdraw from Syria despite criticism of the move.

Pompeo arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday as part of his regional tour aimed at reassuring Washington's Middle Eastern allies of its continued commitment to the complete dismantlement of Daesh a href="https://sputniknews.com/us/201812191070826973-us-military-syria/" *withdraw some 2,000 USA troops now deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

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The top USA diplomat said he was "optimistic" that Kurds who fought alongside US forces against the Islamic State group in Syria are not threatened by pledges from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch military operations against what he terms Kurdish "terrorists".

"We hope we can turn the corner here", Pompeo added.

Pompeo said on Friday that Washington recognised "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

Turkey's defense minister on Friday pledged to wage a campaign against a US -backed Syrian Kurdish militia, sharpening focus on a potential conflict the United States has sought to prevent. "Important preparations and planning have been made in connection with this. After all, the Kurds are an integral part of Syrian society", Zakharova said.

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Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been strained over USA backing for the Kurdish YPG, which Turkey views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.

According to the sources, the ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria.

In a rare acknowledgment that French troops were also in Syria, he said they would leave when there is a political solution in the country.

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