“Tomorrow (Saturday, October 19th - RT ) I will fly to the Middle East to visit our troops and international partners and get information on other important operations in the region,” RIA Novosti quoted the US Secretary of Defense.

In addition, Esper plans to visit NATO headquarters in Brussels next week to discuss a solution to the situation in Syria.

“I expect to meet with Turkish and other colleagues in Brussels to confirm the importance of a long-term political solution to the situation in Syria,” he said.

Esper previously had a telephone conversation with Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar and called for a ceasefire in northeastern Syria.