Trump and Erdogan sit down for first White House meeting

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Washington on Monday and is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday, May 16.

The U.S.is relying on regional allies including Turkey for intelligence-sharing and military assistance as it crafts a Syria policy, particularly as Iran and Russian Federation work to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

"The Turkey that I once knew as a hope-inspiring country on its way to consolidating its democracy and a moderate form of secularism has become the dominion of a president who is doing everything he can to amass power and subjugate dissent", Mr Gulen wrote in an op-ed piece in the daily.

Western officials and media tend to downplay the PYD threat by drawing an imaginary distinction between the PYD/YPG and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

On May 9, the USA announced they would the Kurdish Syrian 50,000-strong militia (YPG), an organization that Turkey considers terrorist. The rollout of this is to try and smooth over feelings over this change in policy you mentioned, which is that the United States has made a decision to go in a direction in Syria that Turkey doesn't agree with.

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Although they are allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, conflicting goals between Turkey and the United States in the Middle East are seen as one factor leading Ankara to cultivate closer ties with Iran.

Trump also offered compassion and support for "horrible terrorist attacks" against the Turkish people in recent years. The decision to arm the YPG drove Ankara ballistic. It is a matter of national security which threatens its territorial integrity. And the Senate Armed Services Committee chair, John McCain, R-Ariz., noted in a May 8 New York Times op-ed that the U.S.is a "country with a conscience (that has) long believed moral concerns must be an essential part of our foreign policy". And so the USA military particularly likes them, but this causes a lot of political headaches for the bureaucrats in Washington. The decision has pitted the two main US allies in the Syrian war against each other.

Erdogan, who is scheduled to meet Trump at 12:30 p.m. local time, has expressed confidence that his US visit will mark a "milestone" in what are now strained relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The Turkish government has also raised concerns about a USA criminal case against Reza Zarrab, a dual Turkish-Iranian national, arrested past year and charged with helping Iran process millions of dollar in transactions that violated US sanctions against Tehran.

Judging by the public statements, U.S. -Turkey relations are going to be just fine. "This shows he really wants to have a good start with Trump".

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Broadly speaking, the White House's decision to support a terrorist group (PYD) in the name of fighting another one (Deash) not only further strips the USA of its credibility in the eyes of its allies and the people in the region, but it also serves as a great recruiting tool for radicals and terrorists in the long run. Erdogan urged then-U.S. President Barack Obama to withhold support from Kurdish fighters and instead provide weapons and resources to other Syrian rebel factions backed by Turkey. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to predict the discussions inside the White House, but my instinct tells me that whatever is spoken inside will be dictated by a force outside Washington - the Kremlin.

He stated that in the upcoming Ankara meeting they will discuss the security zones that will be established in Syria.

But the fate of Raqqa is not the only issue being decided in the fighting in northern Syria.

President Trump on Tuesday described Oval Office talks during which he reportedly shared classified information with Russia's foreign minister as "a great meeting". The Pentagon, however, considers the YPG the most effective military partner against the Islamic State.

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