NBC - Jerusalem
editing by| Tony Wild
The national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday according to Israeli newspaper that president Donald trump promise Israel with no withdraw from Syria before he get a clear guarantee of
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which Turkey won’t attack Kurdish forces after Americans' withdrawal.
"President Donald Trump will not withdraw American troops from northern Syria until the Turkish government guarantees it won’t then attack Syrian Kurdish forces that have been critical allies in the fight against ISIS", Bolton said to reporters
He added that a commitment from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to protect the Kurds after American forces exit is something Trump is demanding, and that it’s just one of several conditions that have to be met before U.S. troops leave.
Bolton who will meet with Israeli officials Sunday and Monday, and with Turkish officials, including Erdogan, on Tuesday, tries to convince the Israeli partners with the Decision of president Trump to withdraw from Syria after his troops ended its mission there.
Israeli Officials are now studying a series of results after the American withdrawal from syria, that they must first be met, which Bolton described as “policy decisions that we need to implement.”
“This is a cause and effect mission,” Bolton said. “Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. And once that’s done, then you talk about a timetable.”
Bolton also indicated that the U.S. troop withdrawal will not be a complete drawdown, as Trump had promised. Instead, he discussed a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, where most of the estimated 2,000 U.S. troops are based, while leaving some of them in the southern part of the country.
Stressing that despite conditions for withdrawal,the continued presence of U.S. forces in Syria is not unlimited.
“The primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria," Bolton said.