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Erdoğan and Trump agree to disagree

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19.05.2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his American counterpart Donald Trump seem to have reached an understanding that they agree to disagree especially on the active U.S. support to the PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish militants which Ankara regards as terrorists. They also agree that they have to deal with the issue of Fetullah Gülen and his terrorist apparatus holed up in Pennsylvania, but face obstacle due to the intricacies of the American legal system and have decided to move on to remain "friends" and try to cooperate in various areas despite all the obstacles.

If the conditions were ripe, the talks at the White House would have produced the best of friends and partners between Erdoğan and Trump. However, given the fact that the newly elected American president is facing some very tough domestic problems due to his intimate relations with the Russian leadership to his uphill battle with an American establishment that is trying to reject him, they could not find much room to maneuver.

It was good that Turkey sent a high powered delegation before the White House meeting to talk to the American officials so they could see the problem areas and thus, the meeting between Erdoğan and Trump was a meeting where both sides knew where they stood on respective issues and their limitations so there were no unpleasant surprises when they talked to each other for the first time.

So, Erdoğan, in a press conference, openly told the American public at the White House that Turkey is dead set against the U.S. cooperating with the PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish terrorists and that Ankara does not see this in line with the agreement among allies to confront terrorists throughout the world.

So the Americans will continue to provide arms, ammunition, equipment and training to the PKK-linked Syrian terrorists known as the People's Defense Forces (YPG) that is the backbone of the force charged by........

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