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No major crisis in Turkey-US relations

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Viewed from outside, the White House meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 16 took place under the shadow of perhaps one of the most severe crises of recent times in Turkey-U.S. relations.

As the meeting day approached, tension rose proportionally with the dimensions of the crisis. However, despite the two leaders’ essential difference of opinion on the PYD/YPG issue, there was a contrast between the scale of severity of the crisis perceived from outside and the moderate climate generated from these statements given in the White House. In other words, no fire erupted as some had feared.

The reason for this was that the mutual interests of the two countries and the political calculations of the two leaders forced the management of this crisis by taking it under control.

The U.S. side, by declaring it will conduct the operation to remove ISIL from Raqqa with the YPG, the military wing of the PYD, which is the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), had........

© Hürriyet Daily News