Asia Unhedged | US and Turkey closer to understanding on Assad, but tensions persist
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on March 30. Photo: Reuters, Umit Bektas
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on March 30. Photo: Reuters, Umit Bektas
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US and Turkey closer to understanding on Assad, but tensions persist

US support for Syrian Kurds and refusal to extradite Gulen weigh on relationship

April 4, 2017 2:17 AM (UTC+8)

Turkish Al-Monitor writes that the US softening stance on the Assad regime in Syria is a positive development that allows for a more realistic assessment of military options in Syria.

But despite coming closer to agreement on Assad, tensions persist in the US-Turkey relationship regarding US support for Syrian Kurds and refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is accused of orchestrating the failed coup attempt against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan last July.

US Secretary of State’s visit to Turkey last week, far from diminishing these significant points of disagreement, only served to highlight them.

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