US, turkey hold tense talks over syria

Added On January 10, 2019

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has held tense talks with Turkish officials over Syria in Ankara, while being snubbed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his remarks on the Kurdish militants after Washington's planned military withdrawal from Syria.
According to the Turkish media, Erdogan refused to meet with Bolton and the U.S. official, who had a two-hour discussion with the Turkish leader's aide and spokesman Ibrahim Kalin left Ankara soon afterward.
During his weekly speech in parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan vehemently criticized the U.S. proposal that the Kurdish fighters should play a key role in Syria after the pullout of all American troops.
Kaline said Turkey "will not allow the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria to create a new opportunity for terror organizations," referring to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Turkey side also demands the return of its 16 military bases that the U.S. used to fight against the Islamic State.