Pompeo is confident that the US will deal with Turkey to protect the Kurds
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY & # 39; -oh) says he is confident that the United States and Turkey can agree on a way to kill Kurdish rebels in Syria after the withdrawal of US troops.
Pompeo has spoken with the Turkish Foreign Minister and says that a possible agreement is a work in progress. Pompeo says that it can be achieved to enable the Turks to defend their country and leave only Kurds who do not pose a threat.
Pompeo says he is "optimistic" that Kurds who fought against the Islamic State Group in Syria alongside US forces will not be given up.
Turkey regards many of the Kurdish groups in Syria as terrorists and has promised to attack them. The threats have intensified as the US starts the recording process with Syria on the orders of President Donald Trump.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday 11 January 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Pool Photo via AP)
The Turkish minister of defense, Hulusi Akar, listens during a meeting with the commanders of military units at the Syrian border in Sanliurfa, in the southeast of Turkey, Friday 11 January 2019. Akar repeated on an unannounced visit to troops stationed near the Syrian border. Ankara is "determined" to fight Kurdish militias, it regards terrorists. The shipment of military equipment to the border went on Friday, he did not discuss the withdrawal of the US. (Turkish Defense Ministry via AP)
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