Turkey's president arrives in Washington for talks


Turkey's recent offensive against a key USA ally in Syria did not stop President Trump from honoring Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a White House visit and joint press conference. The offensive against YPG took place in northeast Syria.

"We accompanied our president on his visit to Washington, which is very important for Turkey-USA ties".

"If we can resolve those two issues, I think there is the opportunity for enormous trade, enormous strategic cooperation, but those two issues are real and significant", Cruz said.

"You should revise your stance towards Turkey, which at the moment holds so many Isis members in prison and at the same time controls those in Syria", Erdoğan said, addressing European countries.

Trump, at Wednesday's news conference, made no reference to that, hailing Turkey as a great North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner.

"President Erdogan's calamitous actions in Syria follow a long list of disconcerting steps under his leadership", they wrote, accusing Erdogan of dividing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, harming US national security and unleashing a humanitarian disaster for Kurds and Syrians. "We understand each others" country.

"We've been friends for a long time, nearly from Day 1".

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said it was "mindboggling" and "appalling" for Trump to roll out a red carpet for Erdogan after the invasion of Syria.

Among the challenges is Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 defence system, which prompted Washington to remove Ankara from the F-35 fighter jet programme. Trump's decision infuriated many Republicans, some of whom met with Erdogan on Wednesday.

Greek police said in a statement that Turkish authorities had first tried to deport a US citizen of Arab origin on October 11 on grounds that he had exceeded his legal stay in Turkey. Despite the letter, Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. soldiers effectively gave Turkey a green light.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), in a letter to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, asked that US law enforcement keep close tabs on Erdogan's security detail this time.

"As such, talking to Turkey remains crucial, although the pressure on democracy and human rights should also remain significant". Turkey also wants the U.S.to stop supporting Kurdish allies in Syria whom Ankara calls terrorists.

FILE - In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, smoke billows from a fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Oct. 20, 2019, days after the declaration of a cease-fire.

But both leaders fell short of explaining in concrete terms how they would overcome the mounting differences they have on numerous issues, from Erdoğan's incursion in Syria against America's Kurdish allies to Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.