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Turks not wanted by US in Syria talks

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It was only the first working week of the New Year for Americans after the Christmas break, but news reports indicating a rough start to 2018 for Turkey-U.S. relations broke one after the other.

Turkey summoned Philip Kosnett, the charge d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, twice in the space of 24 hours. The first summons came over reports that U.S. troops had started training the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. The second came in protest at the State Department’s categorization of Turkey as a country with an “increased security risk,” along with Sudan and Pakistan.

In the meantime, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped up his criticism of the Trump administration for harboring Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen on U.S. soil, referring to him as the mastermind behind the July 2016 coup attempt. Erdoğan suggested that U.S. inaction over Gülen’s extradition has proven that international law and bilateral agreements between the two countries are null and void.

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Steve........

© Hürriyet Daily News