John Bolton expected to hold tense talks with Turkey over Syria policy

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Bolton, Joseph Dunford and Mike Pompeo are due to begin a tour of Arab capitals on Tuesday to reassure allies and clarify policy

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, is expected to hold tense talks with Turkish officials in Ankara over Syria on Tuesday, after he placed conditions on a US troop withdrawal promised by Donald Trump.

Bolton and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, are in Turkey, as the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is due to begin a tour of Arab capitals on Tuesday, largely to reassure allies and clarify policy after the president’s abrupt announcement last month that the Islamic State had been defeated in Syria and the roughly 2,000 US troops still in the country would be leaving.

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