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Common sense urgently needed in Turkey-US ties

13 9 2

Needless to say, this week is set to witness some very important meetings between Turkey and the United States. The defense ministers of the two countries, Nurettin Canikli and James Mattis, will meet in Brussels on the margins of a NATO summit a day before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Ankara for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

The Turkish government has been sending some very strong messages in recent days, urging U.S. officials to say something new in upcoming encounters with their Turkish counterparts.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly implied that Turkey would not care whether American troops are also hit in a potential military attack against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s Manbij province. The way he spoke rose concerns that Turkey is due to take the risk of armed clashes with U.S. troops in Syria.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s rhetoric has been a little calmer, urging the U.S. that the course of this........

© Hürriyet Daily News