Mr Bolton and Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, were in Turkey yesterday as part of a tour of the Middle East aimed at limiting damage over the announcement by Donald Trump, the US president, that he would call home its troops from Syria.
He made an unscheduled stop in Iraq where he met officials in both Baghdad and the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil.
"Both Bolton and Pompeo are clearly trying to make the best of a hard situation for them given Trump's surprise decision around withdrawing troops from Syria", he told CNBC on Tuesday. His abrupt decision led to the resignations of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat IS.
In his meeting with lower-ranking officials before departing Ankara, Bolton was informed of Turkish demands that the USA hand over its Syria bases to the Turkish military or local authorities, disarm the SDF and remove all heavy weapons from eastern Syria, according to Hurriyet and the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Pompeo also urged his country's Middle East partners to forge a unified stance against Iran, and vowed that the U.S. "will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot" from Syria.
Washington has repeatedly said its Kurdish allies will remain safe despite the withdrawal.
Ankara considers the Kurdish forces in Syria who have been trained by and are assisting USA troops in the fight against Islamic State militants to be linked to groups trying to create instability inside Turkey.
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a blunt put-down Tuesday against White House national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish nonaggression against Kurds who fought against the Islamic State in Syria.
Yet only a handful of experts have grappled with matters of particular concern for Christians, like the benefits they have reportedly received under the system of governance worked out by Kurdish, Arab and Syrian Christian militias serving in the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northeast part of the country.
"It's important that we do everything we can to make sure that those folks that fought with us are protected and Erdogan has made commitments, he understands that", Pompeo added. "And so are the policies that produce so much needless suffering", Pompeo said. Still, the United States desperately needs massive military bases it maintains in Qatar, the largest in the region with 10,000 U.S. servicemen, and in Saudi allies Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, also on Pompeo's itinerary.
In emailed remarks, Malley dismissed Pompeo's speech as "a self-congratulatory, delusional depiction of the Trump administration's Middle East policy" and said the secretary of state was speaking from "a parallel universe".
A police band serenaded Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who presided over the celebration before meeting Pompeo in private.
The Turkish leader's comments were a "big time put down", said Timothy Ash, senior emerging markets strategist and Turkey expert at BlueBay Asset Management.
Meanwhile, Russia, which has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the seven-year war, may seek to exploit the confusion created by the bickering between Turkey and the United States. Islamic State militants are still waging insurgent attacks in the north of the country and trying to make a comeback, although they were driven from all towns and cities past year. "It is not possible for me to swallow this", Erdogan said during a speech in parliament.
Other extremist factions - such as the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) - are present in other areas of Idlib but are allied with HTS, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.