Amid US-Turkey tensions, Trump lauds relationship with Erdogan

Amid US-Turkey tensions, Trump lauds relationship with Erdogan

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because the leaders met to conquer mounting variations starting from insurance policies in the direction of Syria to Ankara’s scheme shut of a Russian missile defence machine.

Trump’s warm welcome of the Turkish president came amid nettle within the US Congress about Ankara’s offensive into Syria to force out Kurdish forces, for sure one of Washington’s major partners within the wrestle in opposition to Islamic Sigh of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).


“We have been chums for a truly very prolonged time, almost from day-one. We understand every others’ country. We understand where we’re coming from,” Trump suggested Erdogan as they sat next to every other within the Oval Space of job earlier on the day.

“They’re highly revered of their country and within the arrangement,” Trump said of Erdogan and his partner Emine.

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US President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan utilize allotment in a gathering within the Oval Space of job of the White Dwelling [Mandel Ngan/AFP] 

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said he couldn’t “imagine that President Erdogan would perchance earn had a higher reception particularly despite the total lot the rocky months and years below [former US President Barack] Obama and below Trump”.

Afterward Wednesday, Trump said at a news convention with Erdogan the two leaders had a “very ultimate and productive meeting”, adding that he hoped the NATO allies would perchance perhaps be ready to resolve their variations.

‘Severe challenges’

Amongst the challenges is Turkey’s scheme shut of the Russian S-four hundred defence machine, which prompted Washington to utilize away Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet programme. 

Turkey shrugged off threats of US sanctions and started receiving its first S-four hundred deliveries in July, however to this point, the US has no longer imposed any sanctions. 

The Dwelling of Representatives final month handed a sanctions package to punish Turkey over the scheme shut of the Russian defence machine and Ankara’s Syria operation. Key individuals of the Senate earn pledged to method the legislation if Ankara endangers the Kurds in Syria.

“Turkey’s acquisition of subtle Russian military equipment, such because the S-four hundred, creates some very excessive challenges for us and we’re talking about it continuously,” Trump said at some point of Wednesday’s news convention.

“We talked about it on the present time, we’re talking about it at some point, confidently, we are going to be ready to resolve that affirm,” he added. 

Speaking by a translator, Erdogan said that the two international locations would perchance perhaps “handiest surmount the hurdles that we journey by dialogue”. 

US Republicans press Erdogan

Five Republican senators, including vocal Turkey critic Lindsey Graham, came to the White Dwelling and spoke with Erdogan and Trump about the F-35 programme.

The senators additionally pressed Erdogan on Turkey’s therapy of the Kurds in Syria.

Wednesday’s meeting comes a month after Turkey launched a military operation in opposition to the Kurdish Of us’s Protection Devices (YPG) forces in northeast Syria. Turkey views the YPG as an offshoot of the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Occasion (PKK), which is believed of a “terrorist” neighborhood by Ankara and quite loads of different Western international locations.

The operation ended with the Kurdish YPG forced to withdraw from some Syria-Turkey border regions, however Ankara says the armed neighborhood has no longer fully left the areas.

“The Kurds earn risked loads to face with The US and wrestle our shared enemy and there could be terribly right venture that we enact no longer are searching to search Turkey engaged in offensive actions in opposition to the Kurds,” US Senator Ted Cruz said on Wednesday. 

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Republicans meet with Erdogan and Trump on the White Dwelling [Mandel Ngan/AFP] 

For his allotment, Erdogan infamous the Kurds from the PKK.

“I converse you these that you’re regarding as ‘Kurds’ are PYD or YPG and they are offshoots of the PKK,” he said.

He additionally expressed his frustration that other international locations earn no longer performed more to make stronger Turkey with refugees.

“When no person became as soon as accepting these refugees, we did,” he said.

Erdogan additionally said he became as soon as “deeply wound” by the Dwelling resolution recognising the killings of 1.5 million Armenians a century within the past as a “genocide”, a gaggle apart Turkey rejects.

Erdogan said the measure has the aptitude to forged a “deep shadow over our bilateral kinfolk”.

Within the intervening time, start air the White Dwelling, protesters denounced Erdogan’s focus on over with and entreated Trump to guard Kurds in Syria.