4 things you need to know about Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkish President Erdogan

16 May

Donald Trump will host Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, at the White House on Tuesday for their first face-to-face meeting. Here’s what you need to know: 

Turkey-US relations are strained

The Turkish president arrives in Washington at a tough moment for the relationship between Turkey and the US.

The Trump administration decided last week to begin arming the Kurds in Syria so they can fight against the Islamic State (Isil). But Turkey, a Nato ally of the US, is furious over the decision and considers the Kurdish fighters the US is backing to be terrorists.  

Mr Erdogan has been relatively restrained in his criticism and his allies have even tried to blame the Obama administration for the decision, even though it was made by Mr Trump’s officials. But despite Mr Erdogan’s talk of a “new beginning” between Turkey and the US there is a lot of thorny issues that need to be worked through – with the Kurds at the top of the list. 

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