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Syria conflict: Pompeo 'optimistic' on deal to protect Kurds

IANS  |  Abu Dhabi 

US has said he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with to protect Kurdish fighters in after the US pullout.

He was speaking in the following a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, the reported on Sunday.

US forces in have fought alongside a against Islamic State (IS) militants.

Turkey, however, regards the People's Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist group and has vowed to crush it.

is touring the to try to reassure allies following Donald Trump's abrupt announcement in December that US forces would withdraw from

Talking to reporters here, said the US recognised "the Turkish people's right and (Turkish Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's right to defend their country from terrorists".

"We also know that those fighting alongside us for all this time deserve to be protected as well," he said.

"Many details (are) still to be worked out but I'm optimistic that we can achieve a good outcome," he added.

Last week, had rejected calls by US for the Kurdish fighters to be protected.

had said that the US did not know who the various Kurdish groups were, adding: "If the US evaluates them as 'Kurdish brothers' then they are in a serious delusion."

considers the YPG an extension of the banned (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in for three decades. The YPG denies any direct organisational links to the PKK.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 08:50 IST
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