The United States will leave a “small peacekeeping group” of 200 US troops in Syria for a while after its withdrawal, the White House said on Thursday.

“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a while”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.

US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday to implement the withdrawal of US troops from Syria according to common interests.

According to the official Turkish “Anadolu” news agency, Trump and Erdogan discussed, by telephone, recent developments in Syria, and stressed the importance of supporting the political process there.

The “Anadolu” news agency reported that the two presidents agreed to implement the US decision to withdraw from Syria, in line with the common interests between the two countries, agreeing to strengthen economic ties and raise the volume of trade between the two countries to 75 billion dollars annually.

Last December, US President Donald Trump announced that he had withdrawn his troops from Syria on the pretext of winning the Islamic state, without setting a timetable.

US officials estimated the withdrawal from Syria could continue until the upcoming late March and early April.

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