Pelose's trip to Afghanistan was her first since she was elected spokesperson in January. She had planned to lead a delegation, but this trip was aborted in the dispute with Trump over the timing of his State of the Union speech during a government disruption. This underscores her sharp disagreement with President Trump over the policies in the Middle East caused by Trump's sudden withdrawal US troops from northern Syria and the subsequent attacks by Turkey on Kurdish enclaves was caused.
has led to important discussions on the implications for regional stability, the increase in refugee flows and the dangerous opening up to ISIS, Iran and Russia, "Pelosi said after meeting with King Abdullah II and senior Jordanian officials on Saturday night [1
9659003] Neither country provided details of the talks before the delegation left for the United States on Sunday morning. The journey came when a premature five-day truce in Syria had trouble reaching its third day.
Pelosi had earlier described the ceasefire agreement as "a deception" that gave the Turkish offensive at one pass the cost of the Kurds, an important ally in the recent fight against the Islamic State in Syria. The news coverage of Pelosis' mid-night meeting in the Jordanian press focused primarily on concerns that Turkey's attack on the release of thousands of Islamic state fighters, many of them from Jordan, will result from Syrian prisons.
"This visit comes at a crucial time threatening stability in the region and the control of Isis," said the daily Al Ghad.
Pelosi criticized Trump's step in Syria, which has been dismayed by governments across the region. Israeli security experts called it a "betrayal" to the Kurds, and many saw Pelosis's sudden appearance in Amman as a blow to the president.
"I do not think it matters what they talk about, what matters." that she came here to draw a border under which he left the Kurds and the indignation that caused them, "said a former Israeli general who asked not to be named for his ties to the military.
Congressional visits, especially in conflict zones, are often kept secret for security reasons. The travel of congressional delegations, known in Washington as Codels, has been known to hit political waves.
Pelosi has made further international stops, underscoring her differences with Trump, including a visit to the Irish border to expose potential damage to the country from the Brexit, which the president enthusiastically supported. In January, during the government's closure, Trump revoked the spokeswoman's access to a military plane as her delegation prepared to leave for Afghanistan.
In Jordan, Abdullah thanked the spokeswoman for the trip and for the many years of supporting the congress for his country, according to state news agency Petra. He urged a political solution that would protect Syria's territorial integrity and the unity of its people while guaranteeing the safe and voluntary return of refugees.
Trump faced a rare cross-party backlash over his move to Syria, and a Republican legislator, Mac Thornberry, traveled to Jordan with Pelosi. Thornberry (Tex.), A member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced in September that he would retire at the end of his term.
Other members of the nine-member delegation included MP Susan A. Davis (D.) -Calif.), A member of the Armed Forces Committee; Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.); and Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), chief of the Intelligence Committee, who directs the impeachment investigation against the president.
It is expected that Congress will vote on proposed sanctions against Turkey in the coming days.
This article has been corrected to make it clear that MEP Susan A. Davis (D-Calif.) Is a member and not the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.