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Turkish President Erdogan Sees Better Ties with US Under Trump

  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 January 2017

"I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr. Trump takes office," Erdogan said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he believed relations with Washington would improve under President-elect Donald Trump and that the two NATO allies would reach an easier consensus on regional issues.

Ties between the United States and Turkey — which has the second largest army in the NATO alliance and is key to the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq — have deteriorated sharply since a failed military coup in July.

Erdogan and the government blame the abortive putsch on Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, and want him extradited. Gulen denies involvement in the coup.

Ankara has also been angered by U.S. support for a Kurdish militia group fighting the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey sees the group as an extension of the PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey and has been behind a spate of recent bombings.

"I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr Trump takes office," Erdogan told a conference of Turkish ambassadors. "I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr Trump, particularly on regional issues."

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