“Trump asked: ‘If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?’”, a Turkish official said. He said Erdogan replied that Turkish forces were up to the task. “Then you do it,” Trump told him abruptly. John Bolton, also on the call, Trump said: “Start work for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.”
Riyadh Saturday dismissed Ankara’s calls to extradite 18 Saudis wanted for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, as Washington warned the crisis risked destabilising the Middle East.
“The individuals are Saudi nationals. They’re detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a regional defence forum in Bahrain.