President Donald trump, hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in the White house, very warmly greeted the leader of an authoritarian style, which had tense relations with the previous U.S. administration.
We have a great relationship, and we will make them even better, " said trump in the oval office when he was sitting next to Erdogan." We look forward to a very strong and solid discussion ". "We are faced with a new enemy in the fight against terrorism, and again we try to counter this threat together, Ã® said trump. Despite the warm welcome, relations were strained by the refusal of the US to extradite Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania, who Erdogan accuses of organizing attempt during the July coup.
And the country does not agree with trump's decision to arm Kurdish militias, who help in the battle to dislodge ISIS ' Syrian strongholds in raqqa. Turkey considers these militias, which are the most effective fighting force on the ground, as a continuation of the banned group PKK, which is considered a terrorist group in the United States, Turkey and Europe.
Erdogan has repeatedly emphasized the beginning of a new era in close cooperation between the US and Turkey in the fight against terrorism and in building economic and trade ties, saying that he and trump "lay the Foundation of a new era of relations between our two countries."
Erdogan is in Washington to try to persuade the US President to cancel the decision about arming the Kurdish fighters and to inform about trump's proposed peace plan for Syria, which Ankara has reached with Russia and Iran, involving the creation of four zones of de-escalation in the country.
Turkey, a NATO member, is a vital ally in the fight against ISIS, allowing the U.S. to use its air base Incirlik in the fight against the terrorist group. Relations have been strained over the past few years, when the Obama administration distanced itself from the increasingly authoritarian rule of Erdogan.
Trump was not affected by none of the controversy and instead praised Turkey's efforts in the war against ISIS and the fight against domestic terrorist attacks. He stressed that the U.S. will "offer support Turkey" in its fight against terrorism and that they "will revive trade and commercial ties."
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