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What to expect from Erdoğan-Trump meeting?

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12.05.2017
Leaders’ meetings at the White House are often attributed great importance by Turkey’s media. Reporters meticulously search for hints to interpret the strength of the partnership between the two allies, from how many minutes the meeting lasts to the body language of the participants.

On May 16, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time since the latter took office in January.

However, the visit has already been overshadowed by Trump’s decision to supply arms to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), ahead of an offensive on Raqqa.

Ankara has long opposed U.S. cooperation with YPG forces, which it sees as an affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“Within the SDF, Arabs and the YPG should be distinguished and Arab forces should be the ones entering Raqqa,” Foreign Minister........

© Hürriyet Daily News