Pompeo: Everyone should know that the Syrian Kurds are not terrorists
The United States continues to send reassuring messages to its Kurdish partners in Syria, Through its foreign minister and other times through its national security adviser, and pledge to protect them despite Turkish threats.
In an interview with Al-Arabiya television, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that “the declaration of withdrawal from Syria does not contradict our strategy towards Iran.”
“The withdrawal of our forces from Syria does not mean a retreat from the fight against terrorism,” he said.
He noted that the United States “understands Turkey’s motives in protecting its borders and its people.” “Everyone must know that the Syrian Kurds are not terrorists,” he said.
He revealed that America is working to “find a political path in Syria that enables displaced people to return to their homes.”
His remarks came in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that his country’s army would carry out an operation on what it called “terrorists” in the east of the Euphrates, threatening to take out the people’s protection units from the region. Which led to the escalation of tension between Turkey and America.
“Our relationship with Saudi Arabia is essential to the stability and security of the region,” said Pompeo.
On the issue of the death of Jamal Khashoggi, Pompeo said: “We want to be held accountable those involved in the Khashoggi case.”
He hinted that US President Donald Trump explained that “the relationship with Saudi Arabia can not be limited to Khashoggi’s case,” stressing that “Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States and we will continue to partner.”
The United States will not leave the Middle East: “We tell the partners that we will not leave the region,” he said. “We want an Arab coalition and force capable of confronting the challenges in the region.”
“Destruction is a priority and we will do it in cooperation with our allies,” he said.
In the Iranian file, Pompey said: “The Iranian people should know that the interference of the regime in the affairs of other countries is unacceptable.”
“The Iranian people must realize that we want them to have a decent life,” he said. “We want to hear the voices of the Iranian people.”
He said that “the Iranian people should know that the interference of the regime in the affairs of other countries is unacceptable,” noting that “the summit of Poland will address several files on top of the Iranian file.”