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First clues from the Washington meeting

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19.05.2017

Finally, the much-awaited meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the U.S. President Donald Trump took place on May 16. Despite the negative propaganda campaign that was conducted for days before the meeting, the picture that emerged following the meeting was positive in terms of both Turkey-U.S. relations and relations between the two leaders.

Neither side is willing to cut ties with each other. Even this factor is a serious failure for the power groups pressing upon Turkey over the past few years. The groups wishing to isolate Turkey have so far conducted a large-scale operation to manipulate opinions via the media.

Interestingly, the same groups have also blockaded Trump within the U.S. Even though Trump was democratically elected, he does not have full command over the state yet. All the establishment figures, including the Pentagon and the CIA, are forcing Trump to implement older policies while exerting the utmost effort to unseat him. The meeting of the two leaders took place in the shadow of this blockade.

Another aspect affecting the meeting was Erdoğan's meetings in India, China and Russia directly before heading to the U.S. The center of the world is now shifting towards the East. And Turkey is a key country in this new order due to its position as an energy corridor and the New Silk Road project that will become the future axis of trade by connecting Beijing to London.

With his remarks, Trump indicated that he received the message Turkey wished to convey, which is reminiscent of the words of the late İsmet İnönü in 1964, "Turkey will find itself a place in the new world." Trump's emphasis on Turkey's regional and global significance was not arbitrary. Although there are some missing details for now, several important aspects stand out when the outcome is considered within this framework.

First of all, although he does not have full command over the state yet,........

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