US committed to Turkey's defense: White House

US committed to Turkey's defense: White House

WASHINGTON - Anadolu Agency
US committed to Turkeys defense: White House

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a daily briefing at the White House Aug. 21in Washington. AP photo

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.

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.