Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights

Turkish opposition urges Trump to prod Erdogan on rights

Trump did not address the issue.

Turkey has angrily opposed any American support for the Peoples Protection Units, known as the YPG, saying the group is linked to an internationally recognized terrorist organization that has carried out attacks in Turkey.

Trump and Erdogan will also probably discuss Turkey's demand for the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Donald Trump will host Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, at the White House on Tuesday for their first face-to-face meeting.

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 US 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.

Given Rudy Giuliani's ties to the Turkish government, U.S. District Judge Berman has questioned whether the former New York City mayor's involvement in the case would make Reza Zarrab less likely to pursue a plea that could have political fallout for Turkey's autocratic leader.

Trump said Tuesday that the US would ensure the PKK has "no safe quarter".

Erdogan's visit is framed by intensifying disputes over the role of Syrian Kurds in the campaign against the ISIS.

The U.S.is pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to its partnership with Turkey.

Trump launched cruise missiles last month at a Syrian air base after accusing Assad of using chemical weapons.

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Russian Federation has been waging an air campaign to support President Bashar Assad's forces against both IS and Syrian rebels since 2015.

Turkish government officials bristled last week at the Trump administration's decision to distribute weapons and ammunition to Kurdish YPG fighters to assist in the operation to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate.

However, Ankara considers the key Kurdish component of the SDF to be an affiliate of the designated "terrorist" group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey.

US-Turkish ties became poisoned in the waning months of Mr Barack Obama's administration by venomous disputes over US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria.

"There's no place for terrorist organizations in the future of our region", added Erdogan.

"Washington, on the other hand, has made it amply clear that Turkey's demands are unlikely to be met because the US has firm positions, or obstacles it can't overcome, that make it very hard to please Ankara", Idiz said. He said Erdogan may also pivot toward closer cooperation with Russian Federation in Syria. Observers, meanwhile, will be closely watching how Trump handles Turkey's deteriorating human rights situation.

Constitutional amendments narrowly approved in the referendum switched the once mostly ceremonial post Erdogan holds into the center of power in the Turkish government.

Expanding his probe again on Monday, Berman signed a two-page order demanding that Giuliani and Mukasey produce any "work performed for President Trump's administration, including participation on United States commissions, such as those relating to the so-called "Muslim ban" executive order".

Mr Trump, after all, has had a history of going into meetings with adversaries only to leave as friends. The diplomatic dispute between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies escalated when the Turkish government accused the German government of "Nazi practices" and called the Dutch "Nazi remnants", warning that they will "pay the price" and telling the Dutch ambassador not to return to Ankara.

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 official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters.

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