WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of Condition Rex Tillerson will not fulfill users of Turkish opposition teams through a a person-day go to to Ankara this week where by talks with President Tayyip Erdogan will focus on the war in Syria, senior U.S. officials mentioned on Monday.
Thursday’s go to arrives at a politically sensitive time in Turkey as the state prepares for a referendum on April 16 that proposes to transform the constitution to give Erdogan new powers.
A senior Condition Office formal mentioned Tillerson will fulfill with Erdogan and federal government ministers included in the fight towards Islamic Condition in Syria.
“It is surely a thing we are incredibly acutely mindful of and the secretary will be aware of even though he is there,” a person Condition Office formal instructed a meeting simply call with reporters, referring to political sensitivities ahead of the referendum.
American officials anticipate Erdogan and other people to elevate the situation of U.S.-centered cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the federal government accuses of orchestrating a failed coup past July.
The focus of the Ankara talks is the U.S.-led offensive to retake Raqqa from Islamic Condition and to stabilize spots in which militants have been pressured out, permitting refugees to return home, officials mentioned.
A key sticking position between the United States and Turkey is U.S. backing for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey considers part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Bash that has been preventing an insurgency for 3 a long time in Turkey.
But the United States has lengthy considered Kurdish fighters as important to retaking Raqqa together with Arab fighters in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“We are incredibly aware of Turkey’s fears and it is a thing that will keep on to be a subject matter of conversation,” a 2nd U.S. formal mentioned.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have held Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on a ceasefire in Syria. The United States has proposed “spots of steadiness” where by Islamic Condition has been pushed out and refugees can be returned.
Six many years given that the start of the uprising towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he is profitable on the battlefield though the war is far from about. The once steady state is broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.
“We are searching ahead to speaking about with Turkey how we can strengthen ceasefire negotiations by the Astana approach,” the 2nd U.S. formal mentioned.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton Editing by James Dalgleish)