Turkey's Erdogan snubs Bolton as rift between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies deepens

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo blamed the previous administration's approach to the Mideast for the ills that consume it now, particularly the rise of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and Iran's increasing assertiveness, which he said was a direct result of sanctions relief, since rescinded by the Trump administration, granted to it under the 2015 nuclear deal. They are the second batch the administration has re-imposed since Trump withdrew from the accord in May.

A meeting between Bolton and Erdogan was never confirmed, a USA official said, but administration officials had said one was expected.Speaking before Erdogan's remarks to parliament, Marquis said Bolton and Kalin had "a productive discussion" and had "identified further issues for dialogue."Bolton's comments about Turkey over the weekend during an interview with reporters traveling with him in Israel had drawn criticism from Turkish officials".

Pompeo made a stop in Jordan on Tuesday. "The United States opposes any mistreatment of opposition forces who fought with the U.S. against IS".

Empty ambassador posts are filled in an interim capacity by career diplomats, who don't have the same clout or influence in their host country as a presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed ambassador.

The whistle-stop tour will also take Pompeo to Gulf countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) is received by Iraq's Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbusi (2nd-R) in Baghdad.

USA diplomats and military officials failed to present any specific details to their Turkish counterparts about Washington's plans to withdraw its forces from northern Syria during National Security Adviser John Bolton's visit to Ankara on Tuesday, Middle East Eye has learned.

"He's an ally, he represents a friendly country", said Abdul Mahdi. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, for example, has held up the nomination of the assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, David Schenker, over the administration's failure to get congressional approval for airstrikes in Syria in 2017.

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He also said some officials in the U.S. administration had sought to deter Trump from the pullout plan and create "excuses" like Turkey is massacring Kurds, in reference to Pompeo's comments.

"It's a bipartisan failure", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington-based think tank. "The timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement". "It's a crying shame that this is the new normal".

Pompeo is in Egypt as part of a Middle East tour aimed at reassuring Arab partners after President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. The announcement showcased a chaotic policymaking process in Washington, where top officials were left scrambling to reverse-engineer a coherent Syria policy.

Iran, alongside Russian Federation, has been supporting the Syrian government in the Syrian civil war, providing arms, military advisers, and reportedly combat troops. When he made his surprise announcement of the withdrawal three weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to complete it quickly.

Instead, Erdogan went on television and chastised America's national security adviser.

Pompeo's speech came on the third leg of a nine-nation Mideast tour aimed at reassuring America's Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region amid confusion and concern over plans to withdraw USA forces from Syria.

The US troop withdrawal from Syria will not be scuppered despite Turkish threats against Washington's Kurdish allies there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, promising to ensure that the Kurds would still be protected. Our commitment to prevent Daesh's growth, ISIS' growth, is real.

Since Trump's election, however, Pompeo said this was all changing.

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