White House committed to Turkey's defense

30 August 2013 10:16
Washington (QHA) - The U.S. is committed to Turkey's defense against any possible Syrian attack, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Aug. 29 during a daily press briefing, daily news reports. Asked by journalists about Washington's response in the event of a Syrian chemical weapons attack against Turkey, Jordan or Israel, Earnest said the U.S.'s priority was the protection of international norms. "We have a defense agreement with Turkey. We have a commitment to protect our ally Turkey," he said. He also added that the U.S. had a similar commitment with Israel. "Our relations with Jordan are a little different, but it's a critical partner in the region," Earnest said. The statement came as senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel were expected to brief congressional leaders later on Aug. 29 in an unclassified session.