Trump meets Erdogan, tensions simmer

Will the visit be fruitful or fraught?

May 16, 2017 20:36

Trump meets Erdogan. Credit: Reuters

Trump meets Erdogan. Credit: Reuters


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President Trump met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday at the White House amid tensions over the US decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria, which angered Ankara, a crucial partner in the US-led coalition against Islamic State forces.

"It is a great honor to have President Erdogan from Turkey here," Trump said. "We're going to have long and hard discussions, I know that they will be very successful. We've had a great relationship and we'll make it even better.

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