Erdogan vows 'no concessions' on Kurdish insurgents

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'John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue, ' Erdogan told his party's lawmakers in parliament.

Speaking to reporters in Israel, Bolton indicated that U.S. forces would only be removed when Daesh militants are completely defeated, and when Turkey makes guarantees that it won't attack US-backed, Kurdish forces of the YPG.

But it has also raised concerns that Kurdish fighters would be exposed to the threat of a cross-border operation by their archfoe Turkey. Bolton met with Turkish officials for two hours in tough talks over arrangements for the pending USA troop withdrawal from Syria and future U.S. involvement there.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday.

The piece set up a contentious day of diplomacy for Bolton and underscored the destabilizing impact of Trump's shoot-from-the-hip approach to foreign policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew the wrath of the Turkish leadership last week when he said Washington would ensure "the Turks don't slaughter the Kurds" in Syria as American troops withdraw. National Security Council spokesman said the two sides had a "productive discussion".

"The claims that Turkey targets Kurds in Syria are dishonorable, ugly, vulgar and defaming", Erdogan said.

Senior Kurdish official Badran Jia Kurd said the Kurds haven't heard directly from the USA, only through the media. And Erdoğan isn't the only one that's upset over the Trump administration's blurred stance. Erdogan said it's a lie that Turkey would target the Kurds in Syria but said preparations were almost complete for fighting what he called "Kurdish terror groups". Officials said at the time that although many details of the withdrawal had not yet been finalized, they expected American forces to be out by mid-January.

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In December of 2018, Trump told his millions of followers on Twitter that U.S. servicemembers would be leaving their posts in Syria because "we have defeated ISIS [Daesh] in Syria", a move which he went on to note was the "only reason for being there".

Erdogan has promised Trump that Turkey could finish off the remnants of IS in Syria.

'We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!' he tweeted.

Bolton maintained there is no fixed timetable for completing the drawdown, but insisted it was not an indefinite commitment to the region.

Bolton was demoted to meeting with a Turkish delegation that did not include the president.

He will be joined by the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, who will remain in Turkey for additional meetings with Turkish military officials, as well as Jim Jeffrey, the special representative for Syrian engagement and the newly named American special envoy for the anti-Islamic State coalition.

In Jordan, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi greeted Pompeo with kind words and a smile, but was unyielding in demands that the United States co-ordinate any troop withdrawal from Syria with regional allies.

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