“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would have to guarantee Turkey won’t attack Kurdish forces after Americans exit, White House national security adviser John Bolton said,” NBC reported.
“President Donald Trump will not withdraw American troops from northern Syria until the Turkish government guarantees it won’t then attack Syrian Kurdish forces that have been critical allies in the fight against ISIS,” national security adviser said Sunday.
He emphasised a need of commitment from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan which protects the Kurds after U.S. soldiers exit is something Trump demanding. Bolton further added that it’s not the only condition that has to be met before U.S. boots leave Syria.
“There are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal,” Bolton said to reporters traveling with him to Middle East.
Turkey rebuts Bolton’s condition
As a quick reaction to Bolton’s remarks, “Claiming Turks are targeting Kurds is preposterous,” said Turkey’s President spokesman İbrahim Kalın.
“Turkey’s targets are ISIS, and PKK/YPG/PYD terrorist organizations. Putting forth a terror group represents Kurdish is nothing, but insulting our Kurdish brothers,” underlined in a written statement made by Kalın.
Bolton is heading for Israel and Turkey to clarify Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria to allies. He’s meeting with Israeli officials Sunday and Monday, and expected to meet with Turkish officials, including Erdogan, on Tuesday.