The United States will leave its troops in Syria to progress in the Geneva process for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of defence of the USA James Mattis.

“We’re not going to just leave right now, before you erupt the Geneva process. This does not mean that all will remain there,” said Mattis.

The Pentagon chief noted that currently there are prerequisites to print only the part of American troops from Syrian territory. According to him, Washington has set a goal to create conditions for a diplomatic solution to the conflict and this is a military operation.

“We are going to ensure the creation of good conditions for a diplomatic settlement (of the Syrian conflict –ed.)”, – he stressed. “Not to conduct a military part and then say goodbye to everything else,” added Mattis.

The next round of Geneva talks scheduled for November 28.

On may 16, when he began a sixth round of talks in Geneva, it was stated that the five previous rounds, with the support of the UN were inconclusive, and the hope for a breakthrough rather weak.

On 11 November the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the President of the United States Donald trump is met on the sidelines of the conference of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation in Vietnam and discussed the conflict in Syria and expressed support for peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria.

13 Nov Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that he informed the US and Russia that Israel will continue military action in Syria, even if these countries agree on a cease-fire.

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Leave U.S. troops in Syria – Pentagon 14.11.2017

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