Pompeo 'optimistic' Syria Kurds, Turkey can be protected

Turkish US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone

Turkish US foreign ministers discuss Syria on phone

But, he added, "we also know that those fighting alongside of us for all this time deserve to be protected as well".

Last month, Trump announced that he wanted USA troops out of Syria - a decision that resulted in the resignations of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS.

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Pompeo said he thought it would be possible to reach an agreement which would allow the Turks to defend themselves from terror threats while protecting Kurds - who have been fighting alongside U.S. troops - against the so-called Islamic State group. "We will continue to fight against them all".

Pompeo said Friday that Washington recognized "the Turkish people's right and Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

Russian Federation said on Friday it was important for Syria's Kurds and government to start talking in light of United States plans.

The US has begun withdrawing military equipment from Syria, but in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart.

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.

"We are confident we can achieve an outcome that achieves both of those", Pompeo told journalists in Abu Dhabi.

Cavusoglu said Washington chose to withdraw its troops from Syria after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's firm stance against removing threat coming to Turkey from east of the Euphrates River in Syria.

Ankara has repeatedly told Washington that the YPG is not different from the PKK as the groups were intertwined, and partnering with one terrorist group to fight another was not acceptable.

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She also said the territory previously controlled by the United States should be transferred to the Syrian regime.

"In this regard, establishing dialogue between the Kurds and Damascus takes on particular significance".

Their aim is to guard against any invasion by neighboring Turkey, which views the main Syrian Kurdish group - the YPG - as a national security threat, and to preserve autonomy in northern Syria.

According to the sources, the ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria.

In a rare acknowledgment that French troops were also in Syria, he said they would leave when there is a political solution in the country.