Turkey wants a new beginning with US, Erdogan says ahead of U.S. visit

Turkey (KurdPress) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his wish that his upcoming talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will constitute a new beginning in Turkey-U.S. ties, Hurriyet daily reported.

The Turkish president expressed his hope that Washington will reverse its decision to arm Syrian Kurdish groups that Ankara sees as terrorist organizations.

“I see this visit of mine as a new beginning in the Turkish-American relationship. We have observed that some of the information we received [from Washington] is insufficient. God willing, this visit will be a new beginning in that regard,” Erdogan told reporters before his departure to China on May 12.


Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

He will travel to the U.S. on May 15 directly from China, where he will attend an international forum. The first in-person meeting between Erdogan and Trump will take place on May 16 in the White House.

Erdogan’s talk with Trump will come after the latter’s signing an executive order for allowing the Pentagon to directly arm the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD), which fights against the Islamic State (IS) as the local ground force. Turkey sees the PYD/YPG as being closely linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and has long been pressing on Washington to cease its alliance with the group.

This report prepared by KurdPress International News Agency