Moments before it was meant to begin, a meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US national security adviser John Bolton was canceled. Erdogan canceled the meeting, angry over comments from Bolton on the US’s exit from Syria. Though President Trump had implied the US’ mission in Syria was complete, Bolton recently said the US could not exit Syria until Turkey gave the US assurances that they would not attack Kurdish fighters the US has been allied with.
- Should Bolton have made comments on Syria differing from President Trump’s?
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently snubbed U.S. national security adviser John Bolton, canceling a planned meeting to discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria as well as the fate of a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia fighting ISIS in Syria.
Bolton’s meeting with Erdogan was canceled moments before it was to begin, reflecting Turkish anger at Bolton’s insistence that those Kurdish forces be protected after more than 2,000 American troops exit northeastern Syria.
Erdogan cited the “local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton,” The Associated Press reports. But the Turkish leader also used his speech to rail against protection for the YPG, which he considers a terrorist organization allied with separatist Kurdish groups operating within Turkey.