Erdogan meets Kerry to discuss Syria in Washington

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss Syrian conflict during his five-day US visit

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) meet US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, United States on March 30, 2016.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting on Wednesday with top US diplomat John Kerry in order to discuss recent developments in Syria at the second day of his five-day US visit.

Erdogan accepted Kerry in the residence of Turkey’s Washington embassy for the meeting which lasted about 45 minutes.

Erdogan was also accompanied by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, Turkish ambassador to US Serdar Kilic, and other top officials during his meeting with Kerry.

Brett McGurk, who is US President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the anti-DAESH coalition and the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, were also present during the meeting.  

The Turkish president began a visit to the US on Tuesday in order to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit and hold several meetings with top leaders from the business world.

Erdogan will hold another meeting with US Vice-President Joe Biden on Thursday and will join the dinner at the White House which will host the leaders attending the summit.

He will have a crucial meeting with Obama during the summit in order to discuss issues concerning Turkey-Syria border security and the recent military maneuvers of the YPG, which is the militant wing of the PYD, in northern Syria.

The PYD has also announced its intentions to seek autonomy under a federal system in Syria, drawing rebukes from the main opposition's High Negotiations Committee, Turkey, Washington, and the Syrian regime.

Turkey considers the PYD to be the Syrian extension of the PKK and a terrorist group though the US administration regards the PYD as an ally in the fight against DAESH. This has recently led to growing tension between Ankara and Washington over policy in northern Syria.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its eastern and southeastern regions by the PKK which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.

TRTWorld and agencies