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Despite US-Turkey supposed tensions, Trump praises relationship with Erdogan

In recent months the US and Turkey have experienced uneasy and even detrimental relations, due to Turkey’s tightening relations with Russia, and more recently sparked tensions in the North of Syria. Despite this, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences on these issues. Trump’s warm welcome of the Turkish president came amid anger in the United States Congress about Ankara’s offensive into Syria to drive out Kurdish forces, one of Washington’s main partners in the fight against ISIL. During the meeting, the leaders tackled the extradition of FETÖ, a topic Ankara has repeatedly emphasised, the current situation in Syria- especially Washington’s approach towards the YPG/PKK terror group, and Turkey‘s acquisition of Russian S-400 defence systems. Recent cooperation between Turkey and the US has helped de-escalate the tensions and form a positive environment for the development of bilateral ties. “We’ve been friends for a long time, almost from day-one. We understand each others’ country. We understand where we are coming from,” Trump told Erdogan as they sat next to each other in the Oval Office earlier on the day. “They’re highly respected in their country and in the region,” Trump said of Erdogan and his wife Emine. Several differences remain, but the US and Turkey appear to be back on track to maintaining positive bilateral ties.

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