Erdogan aide meets US National security adviser in Turkey amid tensions


Erdogan aide meets US National security adviser in Turkey amid tensions

Erdogan aide meets US National security adviser in Turkey amid tensions

Erdogan aide meets US National security adviser in Turkey amid tensions

Turkish president's security and foreign policy adviser Ibrahim Kalin met with U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster in Istanbul over the weekend, while foreign and defense ministers of the two countries are scheduled to meet respectively in Ankara and Brussels in the coming days.

The two also tackled controversial files, especially USA support to Kurdish militias in northern Syria.

A tower of smoke rose over the village of Deir Balloot located on the Syrian border with Turkey on February 10, as Turkish forces fought with US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. No dates have yet been confirmed for the Tillerson visit.

There was no mention of the ongoing war or words between Ankara, which is engaged in a brutal counterterrorism operation in the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin, and US and coalition commanders who are warning Turkish forces to stay out of American-controlled territory in Manbij and northeastern Syria. Washington says Ankara has not provided enough evidence for the extradition.

Mr. Cavusoglu demanded concrete steps from the USA, rather than promises.

Sources considered that Washington, if it wants to prevent this confrontation, is likely to implement its previous commitments to withdraw Kurdish units to the east of the Euphrates River and cease its arms support.

Harlem Dessir, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation ( OSCE ) Representative on Freedom of the Media, denounced the detention of hundreds of people in Turkey over their public criticism of the operation.

Manbij, a town in northwestern Syria, has become the focus of the growing bilateral spat.