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Trump welcomes Erdogan amid US-Turkey strains

Trump welcomes Erdogan amid US-Turkey strains

"The best thing to be hoped for from this is that they come out saying that they are both determined to work on the relationship and that Turkish concerns are being taken into account", said Aliriza, who described the move to arm the YPG as an quake in U.S.

Turkey believes that the Kurds in Syria are linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party. "Taking YPG and PYD in the region - taking them into consideration in the region, it will never be accepted, and it is going to be against a global agreement that we have reached".

The Turkish president stopped by the ambassador's residence in the upscale Sheridan Circle neighborhood, where protests prompted city officials to shut down nearby streets, snarling traffic.

"We support Turkey in the. fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter, the terror groups", Trump said, using an acronym for Islamic State. "There is no place for the terrorist organizations in the future of our region".

The Turks fear any weapons the US provides the Syrian Kurds could well end up with their ethnic brethren in Turkey, who've fought violently as part of a separatist insurgency for more than three decades.

Erdogan indicated that Turkey may continue to fight the YPG, whom it considers a terrorist organization linked to the PKK and whom the US considers among the most effective forces combating ISIS in Syria. Turkey has asked the U.S.to extradite Gulen, but that request has gone nowhere.

Demonstrator Flint Arthur, from Baltimore, told CNN: "We are protesting [Mr Erdogan's] policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq".

The YPG, or People's Protection Units, effectively serves as the military of the autonomous Kurdish-led regions that emerged in northern Syria with the retreat of state authority in 2011 that accompanied the outbreak of civil war.

"They see this as the United States siding with terrorists and midwifing a terrorist state on Turkey's border", said Cook in a briefing with reporters.

All Trump's interactions with Erdogan are overshadowed by his family's business holdings in the country.

"Human rights and democracy are not part of Trump's agenda, but we hope that he abandons this stance", Tanrikulu said. Even though Brunson's name was not mentioned in the public remarks issued by the presidents, the source told CP that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence brought up the plight of the North Carolina pastor at least three times in different meetings with the Turkish president throughout the day. Erdogan blames Gulen supporters for a failed coup attempt last July and has conducted a crackdown on them, drawing criticism from Washington.

Mr Erdogan also said he had pressed the United States to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for the failed coup against him last July.

Citing police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, The Washington Post newspaper reported two arrests during the confrontation.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other officials have said they will try to reassure Erdogan that the Pentagon can arm one Kurdish group while helping Ankara fight the other Kurdish group.


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