Erdogan vows 'no concessions' on Kurdish insurgents

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Mr Erdogan made clear that he was furious at Mr Bolton's comments.

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

One day after White House national security adviser John Bolton announced the USA pullout would not be as immediate as Trump had initially declared, United States allies on Monday sought clarification from American diplomats.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went as far as refusing a meeting with Bolton and expressing that he preferred to speak directly with Trump.

"Everyone is jockeying for position in Syria at this time because the war is winding down".

Bolton came on a two-day visit in Turkey to discuss the withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.

Kalin said that a meeting between Bolton and Erdogan had not been scheduled and was deemed unnecessary after he and Bolton spoke.

At the time, Trump had also said that Turkey would step up the fight against the remnants of the Islamic State in Syria, but Bolton said Sunday US troops will eliminate what remains of IS as another "condition" to northeastern Syria. The Kurds who have fought alongside U.S. forces against the Islamic State group and fear an assault by Turkey if the USA withdraws, were still asking publicly for an explanation from Washington.

During the discussions, Bolton stressed U.S. opposition to any Turkish mistreatment of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which have fought alongside the United States against the Islamic State. Turkey regards the main Kurdish militia, the YPG, as a mortal foe, on the grounds that it is the Syrian arm of the domestic guerrilla group the PKK.

That U.S. military support for the YPG has shaken relations between Washington and Ankara.

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Speaking to The Associated Press from northern Syria on Monday, a Syrian Kurdish official said the Kurds have not been informed of any change in the USA position and were in the dark about Bolton's latest comments.

'Those who are in the terror corridor in Syria will learn necessary lessons, ' he said.

"All those conditions mean that the process could take months, if not more than a year, and that's what's frustrating the Turks, because they were expecting a quick withdrawal", Tol explained to hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou.

He denied comments by Pompeo that Turkey had promised the U.S. not to attack the Kurdish fighters. "We are going to be discussing the President's decision to withdraw, but to do so from northeast Syria in a way that makes sure that ISIS is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again".

When Trump first announced the pullout of 2,000 ground troops on December 19, Ankara was a lonely voice among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies welcoming the decision.

Bolton's delegation stressed that Washington was seeking a negotiated solution to Turkey's concerns and would cooperate with Ankara on deconflicting airspace over north-east Syria. Commander Robertson declined to give specifics about those conditions, but said military leaders are taking into consideration every factor that could affect USA interests in Syria even down to the weather.

Trump on Monday conceded that the fight against IS was not over.

"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!"

Turkish military forces supporting Syrian rebels launched incursions into northern Syria against IS in August 2016 and against the YPG in January 2018.

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