Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

The Turkish government aims to celebrate the glory days of the Ottoman empire with the festival

The meeting came amid an uproar in Washington over reports that Trump disclosed sensitive information regarding Islamic State to senior Russian officials during a White House meeting last week. Trump shared the threat in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister and USA ambassador in the Oval Office last week, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. So why is the pro-Erdoğan media dropping hints that Turkey could cut its ties with the U.S.in an instant?

"There's no place for terrorist organizations in the future of our region", added Erdogan. US and Jordanian officials said the call was previously scheduled.

Acutely aware of how the USA and the worldwide community have condoned the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) running an army of foreign Shia fighters to support Syria's Bashar al-Assad in return for the nuclear deal, the Sunni-Arab majority of the region will look on this "very selective" US war on terrorism as yet another "tool in the box" to target them. Turkey has been pressuring the U.S.to drop support for the Kurdish militants in Syria for years and doesn't want them spearheading the Raqqa effort.

Turkey is also upset with the US decision not to extradite Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Yes, theoretically speaking, this is a possibility, but given the many and repeated disappointments and frustrations Turkey has suffered because of the USA, its strategic ally, would the U.S.be able to afford it if the Turkish government were to take an unexpected course and defend its own national security and interests in the neighboring Syria? He said Erdogan may also pivot toward closer cooperation with Russian Federation in Syria. However, the USA considers the Syrian Kurdish forces a great ally in the fight against ISIS. President Trump is not likely to be offended by any of these prosecutions, but he can not be seen to be "soft" on President Erdogan.

It seems unlikely that President Trump would change his mind on the issue after a face-to-face meeting, considering the decision to arm the Kurds was calculated over many months.

The US sees the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, as its most effective battlefield partner against ISIS in northern and eastern Syria. For each of the numerous weighty items that will consume the agenda, it is important that President Trump and his advisers utilize history as a guide for these important bilateral discussions. In addition, Turkey allowed IS to take over the Kurdish-dominated city of Kobani in 2014.

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But he said last week ahead of the trip that he views his visit to Washington as "a new beginning in Turkish-American relations".

Erdogan is also expected to continue to pressure the United States to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish president blames for an attempted coup last July, and to drop an Iran sanctions case against a wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman.

Zarrab's prosecution had been brought by Preet Bharara, the former USA attorney for the Southern District of NY, who was sacked in March along with other US attorneys named under President Barrack Obama.

Trump's approach until now has been to ignore or even endorse Erdogan's autocratic abuses. "I think it should be done, but we have a lot of work to do with the Turks". The Turkish government asks Zarrab to be given to Turkey since he is a citizen.

Erdogan himself is what you might call a "difficult personality", regarded in the West as a ruthless, power-grabbing autocrat at home and, at best, a prickly, often uncooperative ally in regional matters.

Trump shared the threat in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office last week, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

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