In the course of an official trip to the Middle East, during which he was received by the Turkish President and the King of Saudi Arabia, Senator John McCain secretly (and illegally) went to Syria. There he met with both the Kurdish and US military leaders.
The timing of the meeting coincides with the opening of the new peace talks in Geneva.
John McCain had come to Syria in May 2013, to meet with leaders of the armed groups, who would later become the leaders of what now is known as the Islamic Emirate.
In February 2011, he had co-chaired in Cairo the meeting for launching wars in Libya and Syria. Then he had gone to Libya and took the decision to set up an Islamist support base at Ersal.