BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell stated on Saturday that the U.S. appeal for NATO member-states to fill the void left by its impending pull-out from Syria was a surprise.
“Requests between countries aren’t made in press releases or conference comments. Spain and the majority of countries aren’t prepared to step in for the US after a withdrawal that was decided in a unilateral way, by surprise”, Borrell said.
The comments come just two months after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country’s troops from Syria.
Despite the announcement, the U.S. has yet to withdraw any military personnel from Syria; however, they have made preparations for their impending withdrawal from the country.