After being sworn in by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Jeffrey has now been assigned to one of the most important regions in the Middle East.
“Pleased to swear-in Jim Jeffrey as my Representative for Syria Engagement, coordinating policy on all aspects of the conflict in #Syria and our support for a political solution. Ambassador Jeffrey’s distinguished diplomatic career makes him an outstanding choice for this role,” Pompeo said on Twitter.
A senior Middle East expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Jeffery stressed the importance of Turkish-American relations in a myriad of panels he attended and voiced that the PKK and YPG are essentially the same organization.
The move came as the U.S. also announced it will be redirecting $230 million in funding for Syria’s stabilization elsewhere as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to extricate the U.S. from the conflict in Syria.