Trump welcomes Erdogan amid US-Turkey strains

Trump welcomes Erdogan amid US-Turkey strains

Unfortunately, this decision will be just another step in the wrong direction, adding to the long list of catastrophic mistakes committed by successive USA administrations in the Middle East in the last 15 years because it ultimately contradicts everything the US claims to stand for in its relationship with Turkey, fighting terrorism and the future of Syria.

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. While European leaders persisted in badgering Erdogan about "creeping autocracy" after he amassed more power in a national referendum last month, Mr. Trump offered his congratulations. The U.S. can also help Turkey by sharing more intelligence and shutting down PKK fundraising networks. Erdogan's government also has insisted it may attack Syrian Kurdish fighters again. This was said by a USA official last December to have 45,000 fighters of whom 13,000 are Arabs and the rest Kurdish. Erdogan is expected to press Trump to refrain from arming Kurdish rebels in Syria, who Turkey considers to be terrorists.

The Trump administration has ramped up efforts to respond to the crisis in Syria, taking unprecedented action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government over its use of chemical weapons against civilians. The presidential palace's staff and army of advisors, including Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Chief Hakan Fidan, are all aware of the fact that the USA military will not change its position regarding the Kurds in Syria.

In addition to the extradition of Gulen, Erdogan has also been seeking the release of Reza Zarrab, who is charged with acting as a go-between to help Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and other Tehran clients evade USA sanctions.

Hours after giving this interview, Phillips led a Monday evening discussion at Columbia titled "The Trump-Erdogan Summit: Defining Moment in U.S. -Turkey Relations". Trump said it was a "great honor" to host Erdogan. Turkey views the militia as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a separatist group that both Washington and Turkey consider a terrorist organization. However, President Putin made clear that Russian Federation would not follow Washington's example to arm YPG.

Erdogan reiterated that his meeting with Trump tomorrow would be decisive for the future of bilateral ties.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017. And by supplying heavy weapons to the YPG, which will remain in their hands after the Raqqa operation is over, Washington has raised the likelihood of a Kurdish state in northern Syria after the war. They're fighting ISIS. But Turkey says that they're aligned with Kurds in Turkey who are fighting the Turkish government, right?

Erdogan criticized the move before leaving Turkey, but in a more measured tone than his administration took last week when the news originally came out.

And for all the talk of their great relationship, President Trump mispronounced Erdogan's name multiple times in his statement. The Turkish media and President Erdoğan's team have been raising the level of expectations for this meeting since Trump's inauguration.

"To the extent that Erdogan looks like he's being flattered, he's going to love that ... to confirm to the Turks that his referendum victory was free and fair, and he's getting a pat on the back from the United States president". The decision has pitted the two main USA allies in the Syrian war against each other. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters. "I hope that during the meeting of our president. with President Donald Trump this issue will be changed to a positive trajectory".

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