Trump and Turkey's Erdogan hail ties despite US arming of Kurds

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According to the Daily Sabah, Erdogan and Trump will discuss the issues surrounding Syria, especially the U.S.' decision to directly arm the Kurdish Workers' Party's (PKK) Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG), and the extradition dossier of US -based radical cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of masterminding last year's failed coup.

The meeting comes after Mr Erdogan won a hotly contested referendum boosting his powers and as he aims to entice the American leader into major policy shifts to solidify an increasingly strained relationship.

Trump also offered compassion and support for "horrible terrorist attacks" against the Turkish people in recent years.

The Trump administration has placed priority on USA security issues and advancing foreign policy goals, and there is no indication that the issues of human rights and media freedoms will figure prominently on the agenda.

Ergodan echoed Trump's statements, saying "we are committed to fighting all kinds of terrorism that poses a clear and present threat upon our future".

Last week Trump opted to accept the Pentagon's plan to arm the Kurds.

Turkey had high hopes that Trump's administration would be more aligned with its interests than was President Barack Obama's. But Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally of the USA, is furious over the decision and considers the Kurdish fighters the United States is backing to be terrorists. PYD fighters will not pull out or hand over any of the lands they have occupied, and no other single group will be able to force them to do that as they will be the most powerful, highly trained and equipped force in the region.

President Donald Trump is holding his first face-to-face meeting with Turkey's president Tuesday - discussing terrorism - amid accusations that Trump gave Russian officials classified intelligence from a foreign ally. Given that Turkey considers partnering with the YPG a non-negotiable condition, it is hard to see how the two leaders will work out a resolution.

One administration official described Erdogan's White House visit as a gift that offers the Turkish leader a gesture of worldwide legitimacy a month after a disputed referendum that critics say Erdogan won by violating global standards for free and fair elections.

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ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian welcomed such step stating that President Trump can start putting American principles and priorities first by demanding the release of HDP leaders and rejecting Ankara's gag-rule against honest US remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. "I am hopeful - I'm hopeful and I'm going to preserve that hope", he said.

The post Erdogan urges United States to "immediately" reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds appeared first on The Independent Uganda:. "We've had a great relationship and we will make it even better". The U.S. decision to support the PYD has just made such explanations more hard. The rollout of this is to try and smooth over feelings over this change in policy you mentioned, which is that the United States has made a decision to go in a direction in Syria that Turkey doesn't agree with.

Broadly speaking, the White House's decision to support a terrorist group (PYD) in the name of fighting another one (Deash) not only further strips the US of its credibility in the eyes of its allies and the people in the region, but it also serves as a great recruiting tool for radicals and terrorists in the long run.

But Gulen is the power behind a sprawling web of schools and cultural centers around which the USA government could theoretically find ways to quietly tighten the noose. Gulen has denied any role in the coup attempt. In March 2016, family members of US personnel stationed at Incirlik were ordered to evacuate amid rising security concerns.

Erdogan and his military have been wary of Kurdish gains in Syria for several years, but Ankara became especially anxious last year after the YPG, with US training and logistical help, captured significant territory from Islamic State.

Erdogan may seek a policy of "compartmentalization", Cagaptay said. The diplomatic dispute between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies escalated when the Turkish government accused the German government of "Nazi practices" and called the Dutch "Nazi remnants", warning that they will "pay the price" and telling the Dutch ambassador not to return to Ankara.

USA prosecutors say the 2013 charges pertained to a massive bribery scheme executed by Zarrab involving the payment of tens of millions of dollars to Cabinet-level Turkish officials and high-level bank officers in Turkey to facilitate Zarrab's transactions on behalf of Iran.

As ties to Europe are fraying, Turkey's relations with Moscow are improving after three years of sanctions imposed by Russia after Turkey show shot down a Russian plane in 2014.

A few days later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency, giving him broad and sweeping powers to bypass parliament and ignore the Constitutional Court.

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