Tuesday, May 16, 2017

President Trump To Meet Turkish President Erdogan Today

VOA: Trump Set to Host Erdogan With Syria, Arming Kurds Key Topics

A week after U.S. President Donald Trump sparked anger in Turkey by authorizing arming of Syrian Kurds, he is hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks Tuesday at the White House with an expected focus on that dispute, as well as the wider conflict in Syria.

The U.S. sees the Kurdish force, the YPG, as a key part in the fight against Islamic State and the effort to oust the militants from their de facto capital in Raqqa. But Turkey considers the YPG terrorists because of their links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party that has been waging a three-decade insurgency inside of Turkey.

Erdogan called the decision to provide U.S. arms "contrary to our strategic relations to the U.S."

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More News On President Trump Meeting Turkish President Erdogan Today

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey -- AP
U.S. plan to arm Kurdish militia casts shadow over Trump-Erdogan talks -- Reuters
Turkey's Erdogan Expected To Press Trump On Syria, Gulen, Iran Case -- RFE
Possible topics when Trump meets Erdogan at White House -- DW
Arms for Kurds, sheltering of Gulen among gripes Erdogan bringing to talks with Trump -- RT
When It Comes to Syria and the Kurds, Erdogan Will Leave Washington Empty-Handed -- War on the Rock
Erdogan meets Trump: 3 key issues topping the agenda -- CNN

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