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Meeting signals new page in Turkish-American relations

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19.05.2017

A very important development occurred this week for the normalization process of Turkish-American relations. Recently, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House. Since 2002, Erdoğan has visited the U.S. several times to meet with various presidents. We have to say that this visit by Erdoğan has been different in two respects. The first is that Erdoğan did not go to Washington from Istanbul over the Atlantic, instead he traveled from Beijing over the Pacific, whether this could be read as an interesting clue to Turkey's foreign policy in the new period, only time will tell.

Second, this is Erdoğan's first visit after Trump's election as president and aims to normalize Turkish-American relations that have hit their worst slump in recent history. This visit, where I was also in Erdoğan's delegation, had the purpose of turning a new page in bilateral relations.

Prior to the visit, many analysts claimed........

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