Warn­ing over US with­drawal from Syria

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RIYADH – A se­nior mem­ber of the

Saudi royal fam­ily has warned against a US troop with­drawal from Syria.

Prince Turki al-faisal told the BBC the ac­tion would have a neg­a­tive im­pact, fur­ther en­trench­ing Iran,

Rus­sia and the rule of Pres­i­dent

Bashar al-as­sad.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced in De­cem­ber that it was time to bring US troops home from Syria.

Prince Faisal was speak­ing just be­fore US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo be­gan a visit to Riyadh.

Pom­peo is on a tour of the Mid­dle East, and has al­ready vis­ited Iraq, Jor­dan, Egypt and Bahrain.

Ne­glect

He said that the world com­mu­nity was guilty of ne­glect­ing the Syr­ian peo­ple and the US troop with­drawal would make things worse.

“The US ac­tion from my per­spec­tive, is that it is go­ing to fur­ther com­pli­cate, rather [than] find any so­lu­tions to it and fur­ther en­trench not only the Ira­ni­ans, but also the Rus­sians and Bashar al As­sad. So from the per­spec­tive, it is a very neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

The prince added that the de­par­ture of De­fence Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis in De­cem­ber was un­likely to help mat­ters ei­ther.

“Ob­vi­ously, he dis­agreed with the ad­min­is­tra­tion on Syria pol­icy, so in that con­text, his re­main­ing would have been a more pos­i­tive sign of com­mit­ment to that pol­icy,” he said. (BBC)

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