US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves.
The BBC quotes Pompeo speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with his Turkish counterpart. US forces in northern Syria have fought alongside a Kurdish militia against Islamic State (IS) militants.
Turkey, however, regards the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as a terrorist group and has vowed to crush it. Mr Pompeo is touring the Middle East to try to reassure allies following President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last month that US forces would withdraw from Syria.