Pence and Pompeo to head delegation to Turkey
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Turkey today amid ongoing Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump said.
The White House delegation will also National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and special envoy for Syria Jim Jeffrey, according to the White House.
Pence is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 17, when Pence will "reiterate President Trump's commitment to maintain punishing economic sanctions on Turkey until a resolution is reached," according to a statement released by Pence's office.
During his stay in Turkey, Pence will also voice the conditions for a negotiated settlement, the statement added.
Pence and Pompeo's tour comes after the United States on Monday rolled out a package of sanctions on Turkey over its military operations in Syria, including blacklisting senior Turkish officials, halting bilateral trade negotiations and raising tariffs on steel imports from the country.