Pence and Pompeo in Turkey for talks with Erdogan
Date: 2019-10-17 16:55
US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Thursday (October 17) in Ankara for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey's military offensive into northeastern Syria.
Pence is expected to urge Turkey to halt its offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened heavy sanctions over the operation.
The week-long assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 160,000 civilians taking flight, a security alert over thousands of ISIS militants abandoned in Kurdish jails, and a political maelstrom at home for Trump.
Trump has been accused of abandoning the Kurdish fighters, who were Washington's main partners in the battle to dismantle Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria, by withdrawing US troops from the border as Turkey launched its offensive on October 9.