Trump, Erdogan Vow To Repair US-Turkey Ties

Added On May 17, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have pledged to improve rocky bilateral relations.

Trump and Erdogan met at the White House on Tuesday.

Trump said the Turkish people were the "friends and allies for many, many decades" of the United States.

Trump also pledged support for Turkey's fight against IS and the PKK, a Kurdish militant group.
However, the leaders' meeting happened amid strong disagreement over the Trump administration's decision to arm Syrian Kurds, a key force against IS in Syria.
Currently, the U.S.-led coalition against IS is backing the Syrian Democratic Forces, comprised of People's Protection Units Kurds or YPG and local Arabs.
The Pentagon reportedly prepared to arm Syrian Kurds with anti-tank weapons just one day before Trump's meeting with Erdogan.
The Turkish government objected to the U.S. arming of YPG Kurds.

Erdogan stressed militant groups such as the PKK and YPG would "never be accepted."
He added Turkey would never allow the groups to leverage terrorism in the area as an excuse to influence the religious and ethnic nature of the region.