Pompeo: Trump to Discuss Political Solution for Syria in Upcoming Meeting With Erdogan

President Donald Trump is set to push for a political solution to protect Syria in an upcoming meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Nov. 11.

According to Turkeys Directorate of Communication, Trump will meet with Erdogan at the White House on Wednesday, where they will discuss various “aspects of bilateral relations, as well as regional and global issues,” especially Turkeys month-old offensive in northeastern Syria, dubbed “Operation Peace Spring.”

The military operation, launched on Oct. 9, aimed to establish a safe zone that would force Kurdish fighters (YPG/PYD) away from northern Syria, secure Turkeys borders, and aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees.

Following hours of negations on Oct. 17, Erdogan reached a deal with the United States to suspend the operation for five days in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, which was overseen by the United States.

However, the military operation against Kurdish fighters has so far left over 200,000 displaced and seen Turkish-supported Islamist forces accused of committing war crimes.

The United Nations says at least 92 civilians have been killed since the offensive was launched, 49 of which were victims of airstrikes, ground-based strikes, sniper fire, and executions carried out by opposing Turkish-affiliated armed groups and Kurdish armed groups.

Following a speech to commemorate Veterans Day at the Military College of South Carolina, Pompeo told reporters, “We will talk about what transpired there and how we can do our level best collectively to ensure the protection of all of those in Syria, not just the Kurds, but everyone in Syria.”

Pompeo added that the United States will continue to work with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which comprises Syrian Kurdish fighters, Arabs, and Christians who have been trained by the United States to fight against ISIS.

“Were still working with the SDF, the relationships are great. We have State Department officials on the ground with the SDF, even as we sit here today, working alongside them to continue the counter-ISIS campaign,” he said.

Meanwhile, Erdogan said he plans to raise the issue of Americas unfulfilled pledge to remove Kurdish militia YPG from the Syrian border region.

“Unfortunately, we cannot say at the moment that the terrorist organization have withdrawn from the area. They are still there,” Erdogan told reporters before leaving Ankara for the United States, Read More – Source