Erdogan Refuses to Meet with John Bolton for Syria Talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton before he departed Ankara on Tuesday, claiming a scheduling conflict but assailing Bolton’s defense of Syrian Kurdish militias in remarks the same day.

Bolton told reporters in Israel on Sunday, before departing to Turkey, that President Donald Trump would not withdraw U.S. troops from Syria without firm security guarantees for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), a militia operating in northern Syria that played a central role in eradicating the Islamic State from its “capital,” the city of Raqqa.

“We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military action that’s not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States, at a minimum, so they don’t endanger our troops but also so that they meet the president’s requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered,” Bolton told reporters this weekend, adding that the withdrawal of U.S. troops would occur in a responsible manner and in due time, not suddenly.

Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2019/01/08/erdogan-refuses-to-meet-with-john-bolton-for-syria-talks/

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