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Can Mattis’s visit save a troubled partnership?

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Turkey has been pursuing some intense diplomacy in recent days.

A week after Iranian Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri’s visit to Turkey—the first such visit since 1979—U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis came to Ankara.

Russian Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov, is also expected to visit Turkey this week.

In parallel to the achievements on the ground against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), operations in Syria and Iraq have been entering their next phase. But it is too early to say whether this will be a season finale or a grand finale, as the end game is about which actor(s) will control the areas abandoned by a retreating ISIL. Therefore, the diplomatic initiatives have intensified, preparing the ground for a more permanent settlement through peace talks.

Turkey is concerned that the U.S. cooperation against ISIL with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which constitutes the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), will evolve into a long-term partnership and that a Kurdish corridor will be established along its border, all the way to the Mediterranean.

“Whatever the price, we will conduct the necessary intervention,”........

© Hürriyet Daily News