aawsat - 1/12/2019 9:11:02 PM - GMT (+2 )
“We recognize the Turkish people’s right to defend their country from terrorists, but we also know that those ... who are not terrorists and fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected,” Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi.
“There are many details to be worked out but I am optimistic we can achieve a good outcome,” he said after a telephone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Moreover, he added that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is a "tactical change" and does not alter US military capacity to counter ISIS and Iran.
Relations between the NATO allies Washington and Ankara have been strained over US backing for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging a decades-long insurgency on Turkish soil.
Pompeo said his talks Cavusoglu involved several elements of US-Turkey relations, including Syria and the detention of Americans in Turkey.
He said the US envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, had traveled to northeast Syria this week and would soon go to Ankara for talks, including on moving forward a UN-led political process to end the eight-year long conflict in Syria.
He suggested that talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds could be part of a broader political solution in Syria.
“We hope we can turn the corner here,” Pompeo added.