US exit from Syria not to impact int'l anti-IS battle: Pompeo

Wednesday, 2019-01-09 11:43:51
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Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) attends a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (R) in Amman, Jordan, on Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)
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Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on January 8 that the US decision to withdraw forces from Syria will not impact the capacity of the international coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants.

"The president's decision to withdraw our folks from Syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that," Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in the capital Amman.

"You will see in the coming days and weeks that we are doubling not only our diplomatic but our commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran to achieve what it is we set out for them back in May," he added.

Meanwhile, Pompeo hailed Jordan a strategic partner in the region, saying it plays a critical role in regional security and stability and combating terrorism.

For his part, Safadi highlighted Jordan's parntership with the Washington in fighting terrorism.

"Jordan and the United States have fought side by side against terrorism. We will strengthen this partnership," he said.

"We look forward to continuing to work together as solid allies and partners, in pursuit of a Middle East freedom from crises," Safadi added.

Xinhua