Turkey says will not be ‘intimidated’ by Trump threats

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Cairo airport

Ankara sees the backbone of that alliance, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) which has fought a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.

Tensions have been high between the United States and Turkey over the fate of Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Cavusoglu hit out at Trump's use of social media.

"We have applied economic sanctions in many places, I assume he is speaking about those kinds of things, Pompeo said, adding he had not spoken with Ankara since Trump's comment".

Bali said ISIS fighters "realize that this battle is the battle to eliminate them". "Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms", the president said in a tweet". Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.

The two leaders underlined that they will not allow any elements trying to prevent the U.S.' withdrawal from Syria, and discussed the establishment of a terror-free safe zone in Syria's north based on the country's territorial integrity.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions and trade tariffs in August, amid a row over a detained USA pastor - contributing to a sharp drop in the value of the Turkish lira.

Lira lost almost 30% of its value against the dollar a year ago. "We will protect Kurds and other Syrians against all terrorist threats", Kalin said.

He said they were exhausted of the oppression as their village was occupied by the PYD/PKK terrorists, and they found the solution by escaping to Turkey.

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The announcement of a pullout is fueling concern about how quickly the US will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid contradictory statements recently by Trump administration officials on an exit timetable.

A picture shows a Turkish military convoy at Kirikhan on January 12, 2019.

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Pompeo said he thought it would be possible to reach an agreement which would allow the Turks to defend themselves from terror threats while protecting Kurds - who have been fighting alongside U.S. troops - against the so-called Islamic State group.

U.S. support to the YPG has been a major source of tension between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Earlier Monday, Trump on Twitter said the US was starting a "long overdue" pullout from Syria and Washington would strike from a nearby existing base if Daesh started to re-form.

However, U.S. officials have given mixed messages since then. For after years of working at odds with USA policy goals in Syria, Erdogan wrote this treatise not to support US objectives, but to capitalize on an unprecedented chance to shape northern Syria and the lives of the Kurds who live there to his liking.

Mr @realDonaldTrump Terrorists can't be your partners & allies.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, which is part of the US-led coalition, welcomed what he believed was a slower withdrawal by the United States after pressure from its allies.

The YPG has been the most effective force in Syria and Iraq against ISIS and America's strongest and most reliable ally in the fight. He went to Ankara in an effort to outline the USA position, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with him.

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