President Donald Trump set to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Tuesday to come to crucial decisions on waging war against ISIS and helping Syrian Kurds out in Syria.
The United States and Turkey are seemingly not on the same page regarding confronting terrorism as the United States is colluding with Syrian Kurds after the US has set a key objective of defeating ISIS militants; however, Turkey has taken a stand against arming Kurds, perceiving Kurds as terrorists. So, President Trump meets with Erdogan this week in the White House to work towards an agreement.
The reason behind tension between Turks and Kurds
Turkey has opposed Trump’s decision as he granted the Pentagon an official authorization to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight against ISIS militants in Raqqa, a Syrian city taken over by ISIS in 2014.
Turkey perceives the militia commissioned by the US as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought against the Turks in south-east Turkey and is recognised as a terrorist group by the United States, Turkey and Europe.
“The fight against terrorism should not be lead with another terror organisation,” Erdogan said Wednesday.
His prime minister, Binali Yildirim, said that Washington’s stance “will surely have consequences and will yield a negative result for the U.S. as well.”
More To Come
Moreover, Trump may discourse about his thriving business interests in Istanbul; he said in an interview with Steve Bannon, now a White House Chief Strategist, “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul” as it is an enormously successful job.
The United States and Turkey were on the same page when decided to wage a war against ISIS in Syria; however, Turkey’s new involvement inside Syria and disagreement with the Kurdish militia may bring about a change in the Middle East dilemma.