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Turkey to hold crucial talks with US, Russia, EU in March

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Turkey will this month witness a hectic diplomatic traffic, with meetings one after another in Washington D.C., Moscow, Astana, Berlin and Varna. All these places will have significant effects on the future of Turkey’s relationship with the United States and the European Union; and equally importantly, on the course of military developments in the Syrian field.

The series of meetings will begin with the first meeting of a newly established joint mechanism between Turkey and the U.S. that aims to diffuse ongoing tension between the two allies over a number of disputed issues. Three different committees will gather on March 8 and 9 in Washington where the two sides’ diplomats, soldiers and intelligence agencies will discuss the state of affairs in Syria, Iraq and in bilateral ties.

After the bureaucrats’ meeting, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is expected to travel to Washington D.C. to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 18 and 19, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet.

On March 6, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again reiterated that Turkey’s sole expectation is the implementation of the promises already made by the Washington administration over the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

A senior U.S. official had told........

© Hürriyet Daily News