Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

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Washington D.C. [USA], May 17: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached Washington D.C on Monday to meet his American counterpart, Donald Trump. In fact, there are already those who think this is the only way to get what you want from the US: unless you play dirty with Washington, make it pay greater costs, and spoil its plans, it will never take you seriously. The legislators specifically cited the Erdogan government's "increased direct threats against political opposition groups and minority communities including ethnic Kurds".

"They presented a lot of documents to help clear the USA stance on YPG". Ankara has said the YPG's weapons would end up being used by the PKK, which has been fighting a deadly insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, and accused the U.S. of siding with a terrorist group.

Russian Federation is the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and while much of the West supports Assad's removal, Russian Federation has insisted that he stay in charge.

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. But Erdogan lost his main supporter in Trump's inner circle when Michael Flynn, the national security adviser, was forced to resign after only 24 days in office. Turkey sees these militias, which are widely seen as the most effective fighting force on the ground, as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist group in the US, Turkey and Europe. However, President Putin made clear that Russian Federation would not follow Washington's example to arm YPG.

Trump and Erdogan's meeting comes ahead of the 2017 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

Erdogan met at the White House with President Donald Trump, and both called relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies strong.

Trump hopes to secure at least grudging Turkish agreement not to oppose the US-led drive by YPG-led fighters to oust the Islamic State from their Syrian stronghold of Raqa.

However, Trump also has a record of turning such criticism over by going tough on other nations. While Erdogan called for the extradition of a Pennsylvania-based cleric he blames for a failed coup in Turkey last summer, there was little tension. The countries acting as ceasefire guarantors - Russia, Turkey and Iran - signed a memorandum on setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria.

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US prosecutors say the 2013 charges pertained to a massive bribery scheme executed by Zarrab involving the payment of tens of millions of dollars to Cabinet-level Turkish officials and high-level bank officers in Turkey to facilitate Zarrab's transactions on behalf of Iran.

And for all the talk of their great relationship, President Trump mispronounced Erdogan's name multiple times in his statement.

"Washington, on the other hand, has made it amply clear that Turkey's demands are unlikely to be met because the USA has firm positions, or obstacles it can't overcome, that make it very hard to please Ankara", Idiz said. Now we will have the final meeting, and then we will make our final decision.

Gulen is the leader of a popular movement called Hizmet, but the Turkish government refers to his group as the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO).

Turkey's closest friend in the Trump administration, Gen Flynn was sacked from his national security adviser post within weeks for misleading vice president Mike Pence over his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US.

Mr Erdogan has made clear he expects steps from Washington over the fate of Mr Gulen, who denies any role in the coup but whom Turkey wants to see extradited and face trial at home.

Erdogan criticized the move before leaving Turkey, but in a more measured tone than his administration took last week when the news originally came out.