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Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. visit to herald new beginning in relationship
May 12, 2017 / 8:02 AM / 6 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. visit to herald new beginning in relationship

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his visit to the United States next week would herald a new beginning in relations between the two countries.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference at Esenboga International airport in Ankara, Turkey May 12, 2017. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Relations between the NATO allies have been strained by differences over Syria policy. The United States has announced a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG in the fight against Islamic State, infuriating Turkey, which sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Erdogan told a news conference that he believed the United States was still going through a “transition period”, and that decisions such as the arming the YPG dated back to policies from the previous administration.

Erdogan is due to meet President Donald Trump during his May 16-17 trip to Washington.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans

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