Syria Statement of Principles

Matthew Petti filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Due July 20, 2020
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From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

any "statement of principles" on Syria written or co-authored by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in December 2018 or January 2019.

According to former National Security John Bolton's upcoming book, In the Room Where It Happened, Pompeo and several other cabinet officials had "agreed to draft a one-page 'statement of principles' on Syria to avoid misunderstandings, which Defense thought was particularly important," before meeting with Turkish officials in January 2019.

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Matthew Petti

From: U.S. Department of State

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From: Matthew Petti


Thank you for acknowledging my FOIA request for the Syria statement of principles, F-2020-07459.

Matthew Petti

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Petti,

This is in reference to your email below regarding the status of your FOIA request control number F-2020-04759.

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