The United States says it has no timeline for pulling its troops out of Syria but does not plan to keep troops there indefinitely either.
“We have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from Syria,” a senior State Department official told reporters on Friday.
“Just to clarify, we do not — we do not intend to have an indefinite military presence in Syria. The president has made the decision that we will withdraw and we are formulating the plans to do that right now,” added the official.
The remarks came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton will travel to the Middle East to shore up support from the US’ partners.
Pompeo is scheduled to leave on Tuesday for an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and finally Kuwait City.
In Cairo, Pompeo is slated to deliver an address to underline the trip’s overall message that “the United States is not leaving…