A senior Israeli official on Monday said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to ask U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to slow the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria.
Bloomberg reported that the Israeli official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, made the comments as Netanyahu visits Brazil to attend the inauguration of recently elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Pompeo is also scheduled to attend the ceremonies in Brazil.
Netanyahu will reportedly speak with Pompeo about the U.S. strategy in Syria as President Trump continues to defend his decision to pull American forces out of the war-torn country.
Trump abruptly announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria earlier this month, catching allies off guard and attracting criticism from U.S. lawmakers in both major political parties.