Cruz Urges US To Note Israel's Claim To Golan Heights

08 January, 2019, 02:51 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Those meetings will follow talks, also focusing on Syria, that Bolton is holding in Israel, where he said the US pullout was conditional on Turkish guarantees in regard to USA -backed Kurdish fighters.

"We don't think the Turks ought to undertake military action that's not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States", Bolton said Sunday.

Regarding the PKK's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG), Erdoğan said that Turkey has no problems with Kurds, but rather with terrorists like the YPG.

So it appears that at least some USA forces will remain.

His comments marked the first public acknowledgment from the White House that the safety of Kurdish allies is being considered as part of its pending withdrawal plan, but it also indicates that a quick withdrawal was unlikely given challenging regional dynamics.

If Bolton is serious about protecting the Kurds, and if he's speaking for President Trump, we won't be withdrawing from Syria in the foreseeable future.

National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters during his visit to Jerusalem that the US would not totally withdraw its troops from Syria until a deal with Turkey had been reached to protect the Kurds.

The move shocked United States allies and American defence officials alike, with U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis and a top USA official in the fight against IS, Brett McGurk, resigning soon after.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with White House National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem after capturing it from Jordan in the 1967 war, a move not recognized by most of the global community.

"We don't want ISIS to rise again and be a transnational terrorist threat, and we don't want our allies the Kurds to be slaughtered by Erdogan in Turkey". He also said that Washington is "determined" to keep it that way because the two nations need a "strong bond" and "strong leadership" in increasingly tumultuous times for security.

In addition, Turkey must "meet the president's requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered".

Bolton also raised US concerns over China's creeping role in Israel's critical infrastructure, particularly its upcoming management of Haifa Port, a frequent dock for the US Sixth Fleet, according to a Jerusalem Post report. Jeffrey will travel from Turkey into Syria to reassure the Kurdish fighters that they are not being abandoned, Bolton said.

"Your visit has given us an opportunity to do two things", Netanyahu said. Since then, the US has refused to recognize the region as sovereign territory of Jewish state.

United States president Donald Trump said in December that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, where he claimed Isis had been defeated.

The U.S. -backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces are believed to be holding hundreds of IS foreign fighters in detention centers in northern Syria, as well as their families in SDF-run camps in the north.

In Israel on Sunday, Bolton said US troops will stay in the northeast Syria until Turkey agrees not go after the Kurdish forces.

Bolton's visit further angered Palestinians as he allowed Israeli officials to accompany him on the tour. "This behavior will not change the fact that East Jerusalem is occupied territory and the capital of the state of Palestine", tweeted chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in reaction.



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