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Syrian regime seeks 'intensified' talks with Kurdish forces

Syrian regime seeks 'intensified' talks with Kurdish forces

"We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home".

Trump's Twitter posts on Sunday were the the latest in the slow drip-drip of information being released by his administration after his shock December announcement of a troop withdrawal.

At the same time, Trump urged the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which the United States trained and armed for years, not to "provoke" Turkey. "They understand that there are squabbles in Washington, but their mission remains, their duties continue and they're executing them".

"We recognize the Turkish people's right and President Erdogan's to defend their country from terrorists", Pompeo said Saturday, according to NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with the secretary.

The bilateral relations have been further aggravated by USA threats to halt the transfer of military tech to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, including the fifth generation F-35 stealth fighter jets, and even to impose sanctions over Turkey's commitment to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems, a diversification of weapons suppliers that enhances its national security.

In December 2018, Trump declared victory over Daesh additionally claiming that he would withdraw some 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

He said: "Terrorists can't be your partners and allies".

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"We hope we can turn the corner here", Mr Pompeo added. "The bulk of recent attacks show how we are more committed than ever to act against Iran in Syria, as we promised".

More than 2,000 US troops are serving in Syria. "Many of the Kurdish statements were positive regarding their concern for the unity of Syria", Assistant Syrian Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan told a small group of journalists in Damascus.

Their exit has not just alarmed the nation's Kurds, but even Christians in the country are afraid of what could happen after the USA troops leave, says Bassam Ishak, president of the Syriac National Council of Syria and a US representative of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political arm of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US -backed Kurdish group.

Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said it was important for Syrian Kurds and the Syrian government to start talking to each other in light of the USA withdrawal plans.

Ankara sees the YPG as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

"President Macron spoke to him (Trump) several times and it seems that there has been a change that I think is positive", he said in a television interview on Thursday.