Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said in a press statement on Tuesday that there are "things" that Syria needs to do before its reintegration in the Arab regime is secured. "He told you 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East", Pompeo said. That's a low bar, of course, considering that the other players include Iran, Russia, Assad, and ISIS (or its successors and rival jihadists).
Last December, Trump announced plans to withdraw all USA troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there.
In a recent case of an American suspected of IS membership, United States officials wrestled for more than a year, never charged him and then ultimately released him in Bahrain.
Concerns about the withdrawal of American troops was higher among Jewish Israelis, with 61% saying the move was a negative development for the Jewish state, as opposed to some 41% of Arab Israelis. We will do that. After December's talks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara plans to continue closely cooperating with Russian Federation and Iran in Syria.
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on the third leg of his Middle East tour.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday launched an astonishing rebuke of former President Barack Obama's foreign policy at the site of Obama's famous speech to the Muslim world - declaring that "the age of self-inflicted American shame is over".
"It's a bipartisan failure", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington-based think tank.
Pompeo went on with his speech by ascribing Middle Eastern chaos, violence and oppression to the Obama Administration's timidity and inaction.
During a brief photo opportunity, Pompeo was chatting with the monarch, mentioning a speech by President Trump, to be delivered from the Oval Office later Tuesday.
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Pompeo's next stop will be in Cairo, Egypt, where he will again meet with top leaders and deliver a major address that USA officials say will be a rebuke of the Obama administration's foreign policy priorities.
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As he arrived in Egypt, the State Department described the country as a "steadfast partner in the anti-terror fight, and a courageous voice in denouncing the radical Islamist ideology that fuels it".
Thirdly, the U.S. declared that it wants a negotiated solution to Turkish security concerns with regard to the YPG.
Washington has never committed to a date for the announcement of what has been promised to be a possible basis for a final settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, sometimes dubbed the "deal of the century".
And numerous Trump administration's decisions have stoked confusion and angered many regional allies.
"By most accounts, Trump´s Middle East policy has made a messy Middle East even messier", said Aaron David Miller on Twitter, a former U.S. diplomat and now an analyst at Woodrow Wilson Center. "We're going to withdraw our 2,000 soldiers from Syria-but the mission, the goal for which we have been involved for the 24 months in the administration, remains in full".
Turkish officials had a tense meeting this week with Trump's national security adviser John Bolton in Ankara aimed at coordinating the pullout process.
The terms included the total defeat of Daesh - still active in some Syrian regions - and ensuring that YPG/PKK terrorists who fought alongside the Americans would be protected.
"If the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision", Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.
There are fears that the United States withdrawal will leave a door open for Turkey to assault the US-allied SDF fighters. The YPG is its Syrian wing. Over the weekend, Kazakhstan took back five of its nationals who had fought for ISIS, as well as 40 women and children.
Ankara has long criticized the US for working with the PYD/YPG to fight ISIL in Syria, saying that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.
"There is no contradiction whatsoever. This is a story made up by the media", said Pompeo, underscoring Washington's continuing commitment to preventing any resurgence by IS.