Warning over US withdrawal from Syria
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
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.
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)