Pom­peo up­beat on deal with Turkey over Kurds

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates — De­spite Turkey’s vows to the con­trary, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said Sat­ur­day he was con­fi­dent the two na­tions can agree on a way to pro­tect U.S.-al­lied Kur­dish rebels in Syria af­ter Amer­i­can troops with­draw from the coun­try.

Af­ter speak­ing to Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, Pom­peo said an agree­ment was a work in progress but can be achieved in a way that al­lows the Turks to de­fend their coun­try while leav­ing alone Kurds who do not pose a threat.

The top U.S. diplo­mat said he was “op­ti­mistic” that Kurds who fought along­side U.S. forces against the Is­lamic State group in Syria are not threat­ened by pledges from Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to launch mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against what he terms Kur­dish “ter­ror­ists.” In Congo: Pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Martin Fayulu has asked a con­sti­tu­tional court to or­der a re­count. He has ac­cused the win­ner, Felix Tshisekedi, of a deal with Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila. An of­fi­cial said Fayulu has two op­tions: ac­cept the vote or it is an­nulled, which would keep Ka­bila in power un­til an­other elec­tion.

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