Bolton's Syria comments 'serious mistake' -Erdogan

Politics | War / Terrorism 1/9/2019, 1:35 AM
Bolton's Syria comments 'serious mistake' -Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized United States National Security Advisor John Bolton for setting conditions for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. Ahead of his visit to Turkey, Bolton stated Erdogan must commit to protecting the Syrian Kurds, who helped the US fight the Islamic State in the country.

"Bolton's remarks in Israel are not acceptable. It is not possible for me to swallow this. Bolton made a serious mistake. If he thinks that way, he is in a big mistake. We will not compromise," Erdogan stated in a speech before the parliament. He did not meet Bolton in person when the American official arrived in the country, while Bolton reportedly attacked a New York Times op-ed Erdogan wrote. Meanwhile, US State Secretary Mike Pence said the Turkish president promised to protect the Kurds in Syria.

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