Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Wednesday Jan. 2 2019 in Washington
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2019, 21:22

Pompeo will likely face questions about last month's surprise announcement that US troops would soon leave northeastern Syria, where they help battle remnants of the Islamic State group. Erdogan was particularly irate over Bolton's comment that United States forces would not be leaving without some assurances of protection for the Kurds, whom Erdogan has branded as terrorists and threatened to snuff out.

Western nations have been reluctant to take back citizens with ties to the Islamic State, not wanting the legal challenge of prosecuting them or the potential security risk if they are released.

The US "will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria and will bolster efforts "to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people", he said.

"It's one thing for the government to be very confident that an individual joined or tried to join ISIS".

"It's time for old rivalries to end, for the sake of the greater good of the region", said Pompeo at a keynote address in Cairo.

Meanwhile, the prisoner problem is only growing worse. It's the latest stop in his nine-nation tour of America's Arab allies in the Middle East.

But the USA delegation instead delivered what Turkish officials described as a "non-paper", an unofficial diplomatic note listing a country's position on certain matters which is open for discussion.

USA military veteran held in Iran
She said she had not been contacted by the US State Department and was unaware he was in prison until being contacted by CNN . The spokesperson said no further information could be provided for privacy reasons. "I know he was visiting his girlfriend".

Any such offensive would likely see the YPG redirecting fighters battling the last Isil enclaves to the northern border with Turkey. Salih told the secretary that Baghdad "will need the support of (U.S. troops)", and expressed his "gratitude to the US for its support, over the years".

President Salih, answering a reporter's question on whether he wants the United States to keep troops, said Iraq "will need the support of the US" and expressed his "gratitude to the USA for support over the years". The spokesperson commented on condition the official not be identified by name.

Since then, USA officials have appeared to row back slightly on the decision. He didn't meet with any Iraqi officials, which angered both Iraqi politicians and militia leaders who have worked with the U.S. While that decision's timing is unclear, it is widely seen as abandoning the region and benefiting USA rivals Russian Federation and Iran. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over it.

"The Trump administration is making Iran a priority not for engagement but for conflict [as well as]. sacrificing a lot of things in the region in order to make sure that they have the Middle East strategic alliance against Iran". The senior administration official said the US will defeat remaining IS fighters on the way out to prevent a resurgence and that the USA will oppose any mistreatment of opposition forces, such as the SDF, that fought with the United States against IS. For Trump and his minions to achieve more, they must provide some clarity of objective, especially consistency at the outset.

Ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming days, Pompeo is also expected to confirm the strength of the US alliance with Saudi Arabia, despite the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi whose murder was blamed on the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman by the US Senate.

Senior diplomats from the three countries have held several rounds of consultations with the Astana format amid efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.

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