"There's no change in our counter-Iran strategy", Pompeo said in an interview on Monday with CNBC. In contrast to other United States allies, Turkey can point to major sacrifices it has made in the struggle against Daesh in Syria, which Erdogan did when referencing the bloody Al Bab campaign of 2016/2017 in his New York Times article. "It must be hard to leave after having been so intertwined with the terrorist organization", Cavusoglu said.
The top Turkish diplomat said the withdrawal should be coordinated with Iran and Russian Federation to prevent terrorists from taking up the vacated regions.
Bolton is part of a group of defense hawks in the administration who want to keep USA boots on the ground in the war-torn Middle East nation as a way to staunch any advancement by forces sympathetic to ISIS.
"They (Americans) did not provide any security for any one".
Yet only a handful of experts have grappled with matters of particular concern for Christians, like the benefits they have reportedly received under the system of governance worked out by Kurdish, Arab and Syrian Christian militias serving in the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeast part of the country.
However, Mr Bolton, Mr Pompeo and even Mr Trump have tried to backtrack the comments, offering differing timelines ranging from 30 days to four months for the withdrawal.
At the same time, Koopman emphasized that his agency "did not have an official position" on the US troop drawdown.
National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said US officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton.
The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are at loggerheads over the Syria conflict, including the withdrawal of American forces from the Arab country.
There was also pressure coming from the Pentagon, the diplomats said, as well as scepticism from some of Washington's closest Middle East allies, especially after a late December statement in which Trump said that the situation in Syria would now be handled by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.More news: Russia's Roscosmos head congratulates Chinese colleagues on successful landing of Chang'e-4
In his speech at the American University in Cairo, Pompeo said the USA is creating an anti-Iran front - the Middle East Strategic Alliance - bringing together Gulf countries as well as Egypt and Jordan.
Turkey and the United States are now at loggerheads over the future of Syrian Kurdish forces, considered by Ankara as "terrorists", after the troop pullout.
The YPG forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.
Turkey wants to give USA forces time to leave and coordinate the pullout, which is now expected to take 60 to 120 days, but if it sees Washington is "procrastinating", it will go ahead with its plans for an operation, he said.
In his meeting with lower-ranking officials before departing Ankara, Bolton was informed of Turkish demands that the US hand over its Syria bases to the Turkish military or local authorities, disarm the SDF and remove all heavy weapons from eastern Syria, according to Hurriyet and the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Turkey has repeatedly questioned Washington's deployment of heavy weapons in Syria despite the defeat of Daesh in much of the Arab country.
He met with U.S. troops stationed there but not with Iraqi leaders, leading to condemnation from Iraqi political and militia leaders.
A large scale military drill involving seven different types of fighter jets and bombers "smashed specified targets" in the province of Isfahan on Thursday morning. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.
The US would "use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria and bolster efforts "to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people", he said.
The talks have helped significantly decrease the violence gripping Syria by creating for de-escalation zone there. But he also indicated they would serve a dual objective.
Israel's nightmare is a unified Syrian regime, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, fortified by Turkey, eager to turn their collective attention on his Jewish state.