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

Washington has expected tough talks between Tillerson and Turkish officials as Ankara has not been shy in expressing anger over Washington's support for what it considers a Syrian extension to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and classified by Turkey, the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization.

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

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would tell Tillerson during his visit that the two countries must fix damaged mutual trust.

"The reason for that missing trust is the US", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

As well, Ankara launched this operation because it also wanted to protect Syrian civilians from the terrorists "oppression and cruelty", as Anadolu reads based on what the Turkish General Staff have said.

The U.S. has backed a force that includes a Syrian-Kurdish militia as its main ally in the war against Islamic State.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

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.

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012, when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.

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